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1‘she ate to ease her depression’
melancholy, misery, sadness, unhappiness, sorrow, woe, gloom, gloominess, dejection, downheartedness, despondency, dispiritedness, low spirits, heavy-heartedness, moroseness, discouragement, despair, desolation, dolefulness, moodiness, pessimism, hopelessness
the slough of despond
informal the dumps, the doldrums, the blues, one's black dog, a low
North American informal the blahs, a funk, a blue funk
informal, dated the mopes
technical clinical depression, endogenous depression, reactive depression, postnatal depression, dysthymia, melancholia
archaic the megrims
rare mopery, disconsolateness, disconsolation
2‘the country was in the grip of an economic depression’
recession, slump, decline, downturn, slowdown, standstill
paralysis, inactivity, stagnation, credit crunch, credit squeeze
hard times, bad times
3‘the car slid into a depression in the ground’
hollow, indentation, dent, dint, cavity, concavity, dip, pit, hole, pothole, sink, sinkhole, excavation, trough, crater
valley, basin, bowl
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