This probably won't ease concerns about the GOP's sobering electoral math.
It is a sobering truth that has long term implications for U.S. patience in dealing with the Afghan-Pakistan conundrum.
And in the process, it reminds us of the shock of the day in a fresh and most sobering documentary.
What Webb offers is a sobering, moralistic way of looking at the world.
A sobering reminder that we seldom learn from past mistakes.
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.