It is a sobering truth that has long term implications for U.S. patience in dealing with the Afghan-Pakistan conundrum.
It is sobering and extremely disappointing to find that heroes of past generations played it so close to the dark side.
“Major house and building damage likely and complete destruction possible” was the sobering message that went out on April 14.
What Webb offers is a sobering, moralistic way of looking at the world.
Iraq is a sobering lesson in what happens when a battered al Qaeda movement gets a second chance.
The idea of time involves time to think; the sobering second thought expressed in seriousness and gravity.
Such inelastic lessons, given time to soak in, were sobering.
They were sitting one each side the fireplace, looking very serious; a bottle of the sobering champagne stood upon the table.
He was even able to indulge himself in a quiet, sobering grin at his own folly.
His manner conveyed that it related to their mother, and the sobering effect was instantaneous.
mid-14c., "moderate in desires or actions, temperate, restrained," especially "abstaining from strong drink," also "calm, quiet, not overcome by emotion," from Old French sobre "decent; sober" (12c.), from Latin sobrius "not drunk, temperate, moderate, sensible," from a variant of se- "without" (see se-) + ebrius "drunk," of unknown origin. Meaning "not drunk at the moment" is from late 14c.; also "appropriately solemn, serious, not giddy." Related: Soberly; soberness. Sobersides "sedate, serious-minded person" is recorded from 1705.
late 14c., "reduce to a quiet condition" (transitive), from sober (adj.). Meaning "render grave or serious" is from 1726. Intransitive sense of "become sober" (since late 19c. often with up) is from 1820. Related: Sobered; sobering.
son of a bitch (1918+)