Definition of depressing in English:



  • 1Causing or resulting in a feeling of miserable dejection.

    ‘that thought is too depressing for words’
    • ‘The series's triumph is in making a depressing premise funny, while never losing sight of the grim reality beneath the laughs.’
    • ‘The toasty fire nearby sent a yellow and orange glow to their skin, lighting up the otherwise dark and depressing room.’
    • ‘Why couldn't he leave me to my miserable depressing, but completely productive thoughts?’
    • ‘He had no intention to go to her funeral, to endure a depressing ceremony just to say parting words of love that he had already given her while she still lived.’
    • ‘Our changing cultural climate has replaced the traditional image of boys with a bleaker and more depressing picture.’
    • ‘However, although the specter of death hovers over the entire film, it is neither a grim nor a depressing experience.’
    • ‘The world would be a very gloomy and depressing place if there was no hope.’
    • ‘That feeling of dejection could be very depressing for a child if he is not able to establish a relationship he wants.’
    • ‘The walls were of a depressing dark wood paneling with bookshelves aligning them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Against such a depressing backdrop, teaching children ‘the magic word’ and the golden rule seems hopeless.’
    • ‘Letters from my family are sort of depressing, though sometimes my cousins write a few words that makes me laugh.’
    • ‘Neither is this exhibition especially depressing or gloomy.’
    • ‘Gone are the dark depressing corners, the walled off open areas and the brick bin stores.’
    • ‘It's also makes for a dingy, depressing way to live.’
    • ‘But despite this grim subject matter it is not a depressing play.’
    • ‘The two scenes matched in the bleak, depressing colour, but after that, they were a world apart.’
    • ‘It was almost as if the pair of eyes were telling him a story, a depressing story where no words were needed to be said nor heard.’
    • ‘We were in the middle of the dark, depressing island winter, you got up in the dark and returned from work in the dark for months on end.’
    upsetting, distressing, painful, heartbreaking, heart-rending, dispiriting, disheartening, discouraging, demoralizing
    gloomy, bleak, dreary, grim, drab, sombre, dark, dingy, funereal, miserable, cheerless, joyless, comfortless, uninviting
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  • 2Causing a damaging reduction in economic activity.

    ‘the mortgage rate increase will have a depressing effect on the housing market’
    • ‘In both cases, there are depressing effects on other sectors as well.’
    • ‘To the contrary, sharply slower consumer spending is essentially exerting the opposite effect of depressing income growth.’
    • ‘The faster prices are expected to decline, the greater will be the depressing effect on investment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yes, it is having a depressing effect on the price, but that's the consequence of a requirement of public honesty.’
    • ‘These can all have a depressing effect on local industry.’
    • ‘Record oil prices (in nominal terms) will likely have a depressing effect on growth over the medium term.’
    • ‘Indeed, high unemployment in France has had the effect of depressing pay.’
    • ‘For most of the first and second republics, copper was the mainstay of the economy until a sharp decline in its price on the international market begun to have a depressing effect.’
    • ‘That has to have a depressing effect upon all wages.’
    • ‘An increase in the interest rate or the appreciation of the dollar had a depressing effect on agriculture.’
    • ‘This had a thoroughly depressing impact on the world economy.’
    • ‘This new demand is expected to outweigh the depressing effect on prices of western supermarket groups.’
    • ‘Higher rates also have a strong depressing effect on securities prices, as we have seen in the past year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is easy to see why a fall in interest rates has a magnified effect in Anglo-American economies, and when rates are rising there is a significant depressing effect.’