Depressing things make you feel sad or inadequate, possibly because they serve as reminders of weaknesses or defects. For example, it can be depressing to be around a happy family when all your relatives are fighting with each other.

If a friend acts as if something is depressing him, you might ask, "What's bringing you down?" In fact depress comes from the Latin word depremere, meaning "to press down." Depressing things make you feel like your spirits are low or your heart is heavy. Something depressing weighs you down, just as something happy tends to boost you or make you feel like you are flying high.

Definitions of depressing
  1. adjective
    causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
    “the economic outlook is depressing
    synonyms: cheerless, uncheerful
    blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, drab, drear, dreary, gloomy, grim, sorry
    causing dejection
    melancholy, somber, sombre
    grave or even gloomy in character
    experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent
    not experiencing or inspiring joy
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    being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits
    beaming, glad
    cheerful and bright
    beamish, smiling, twinkly
    smiling with happiness or optimism
    blithe, blithesome, light-hearted, lighthearted, lightsome
    carefree and happy and lighthearted
    buoyant, chirpy, perky
    characterized by liveliness and lightheartedness
    cheery, gay, sunny
    bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer
    chipper, debonair, debonaire, jaunty
    having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air
    enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure
    showing or causing joy and pleasure; especially made happy
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