Definition of depressing in English:


Line breaks: de¦press|ing
Pronunciation: /dɪˈprɛsɪŋ


1Causing or resulting in a feeling of miserable dejection: that thought is too depressing for words
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  • For today was equally as depressing and miserable as the last ten months.
  • Walking around the town centre last Saturday was a miserable, depressing experience.
  • Why couldn't he leave me to my miserable depressing, but completely productive thoughts?
dismal, bleak, black, sombre, gloomy, grave, unhappy, melancholy, sad, saddening;
wretched, doleful;
daunting, disenchanting, unfavourable
informal morbid, blue
archaic dejecting
rare distressful, lachrymose
literary drear
2Causing a damaging reduction in economic activity: the mortgage rate increase will have a depressing effect on the housing market
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  • By doing this they will set in motion a depressing effect on economic activity some time in the future - more than likely in 12 months or so time.
  • This is despite the fact that no account has been taken of the potentially depressing impact on economic activity and revenue buoyancy of their tax raising proposals.
  • Higher interest rates, and the threat of further rises, have had a depressing effect on the market.



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  • However, there is a downside to this, with the number of people putting money aside for pension schemes depressingly low.
  • They are images that have become depressingly familiar.
  • A pointless year is also a depressingly real possibility.

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