Origin of depressing
- to make sad or gloomy; lower in spirits; deject; dispirit.
- to lower in force, vigor, activity, etc.; weaken; make dull.
- to lower in amount or value.
- to put into a lower position: to depress the muzzle of a gun.
- to press down.
- Music. to lower in pitch.
Origin of depress
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Examples from the Web for depressing
I remember that after the movie, people were saying how depressing it was, and I started an argument with them.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
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Judy, as depressing as she sounds in this song, just wants your holiday season to be happy.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)
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Depressing is really what Cuba has become—repression, bureaucracy, and crippling poverty.The Five Best Books on Cuba
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Though it may have been a depressing environment, the gritty streets of Washington gave Gil plenty of inspiration for his lyrics.‘The Prince of Chocolate City’: When Gil Scott-Heron Became A Music Icon
November 15, 2014
All of it feels like a twisted dream—a potential distraction from the depressing post-Manson environment of SoCal.There Will Be Spliffs: ‘Inherent Vice’ Is a Bizarro Stoner Noir
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The depressing institutions of that British empire, colonel!'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
This incident had a depressing effect on the passengers of the disabled ship.A Woman Intervenes
All of which, although mystifying to us, and depressing, was none the less reassuring.The Book of Khalid
There was something mournful and depressing in the sight of her.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
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By those moving lights other depressing things could be seen.Pariah Planet
- causing a feeling of dejection or low spirits
- to lower in spirits; make gloomy; deject
- to weaken or lower the force, vigour, or energy of
- to lower prices of (securities or a security market)
- to press or push down
- to lower the pitch of (a musical sound)
- obsolete to suppress or subjugate
Word Origin and History for depressing
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.
- To lower in spirits; deject.
- To cause to drop or sink; lower.
- To press down.
- To lessen the activity or force of something.