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depressing

[dih-pres-ing] /dɪˈprɛs ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
serving to depress; inducing a state of depression:
depressing news.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; depress + -ing2
Related forms
depressingly, adverb
nondepressing, adjective
nondepressingly, adverb
undepressing, adjective

depress

[dih-pres] /dɪˈprɛs/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make sad or gloomy; lower in spirits; deject; dispirit.
2.
to lower in force, vigor, activity, etc.; weaken; make dull.
3.
to lower in amount or value.
4.
to put into a lower position:
to depress the muzzle of a gun.
5.
to press down.
6.
Music. to lower in pitch.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English depressen < Anglo-French, Old French depresser < Latin dēpressus pressed down (past participle of dēprimere, equivalent to de- de- + -primere, combining form of premere to press); see pressure
Related forms
depressible, adjective
depressibility, noun
overdepress, verb (used with object)
undepressible, adjective
Synonyms
1. dishearten, discourage, sadden. See oppress. 3. devalue, cheapen.
Antonyms
4. raise, elevate.
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Examples for depressing
  • They are bleak and lonely and depressing and beautiful.
  • Well, reading all the comments thus far was certainly depressing.
  • The amount of likely fruitless speculations is downright depressing.
  • It's actually quite depressing, and does not bode well for our future survival as a species.
  • The depressing answer in every study so far is that interstellar travel is centuries away.
  • OK, this is getting depressing, and it is such a lovely evening.
  • And this is why today's news is profoundly depressing.
  • The type that have got real jobs in universities today are a pretty depressing lot.
  • depressing realizations aside, this is exciting news.
  • If this grisly tale of body-snatching and indentured servitude seems depressing, there is a silver lining.
British Dictionary definitions for depressing

depressing

/dɪˈprɛsɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing a feeling of dejection or low spirits
Derived Forms
depressingly, adverb

depress

/dɪˈprɛs/
verb (transitive)
1.
to lower in spirits; make gloomy; deject
2.
to weaken or lower the force, vigour, or energy of
3.
to lower prices of (securities or a security market)
4.
to press or push down
5.
to lower the pitch of (a musical sound)
6.
(obsolete) to suppress or subjugate
Derived Forms
depressible, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French depresser, from Latin dēprimere from de- + premere to press1
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Word Origin and History for depressing

depress

v.

early 14c., "put down by force," from Old French depresser, from Late Latin depressare, frequentative of Latin deprimere "press down," from de- "down" (see de-) + premere "to press" (see press (v.1)).

Meaning "push down physically" is from early 15c.; that of "deject, make gloomy" is from 1620s; economic sense of "lower in value" is from 1878. Related: Depressed; depressing.

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depressing in Medicine

depress de·press (dĭ-prěs')
v.

  1. To lower in spirits; deject.

  2. To cause to drop or sink; lower.

  3. To press down.

  4. To lessen the activity or force of something.

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