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

adj causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

“the economic outlook is depressing
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
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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