AskDefine | Define depressing

Dictionary Definition

depressing adj
1 causing dejection; "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war"; "a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather" [syn: blue, dark, disconsolate, dismal, dispiriting, gloomy, grim]
2 causing or suggestive of sorrow or gloom; "a gloomy outlook"; "gloomy news" [syn: depressive, gloomy, saddening]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Causing depression or sadness.
    The television news was depressing, so rather than start crying I turned it off.


Causing depression or sadness

Verb form

  1. present participle of depress

Extensive Definition

Depression or depress may refer to:


  • Depression (mood), a lack of positive affect
  • Colloquially, Adjustment disorder with depressed mood, previously known as Reactive depression.
  • Major depressive disorder a clinical diagnosis of a state of intense sadness
    • Melancholic depression a sub-type of clinical depression characterized by an inability to feel pleasure combined with physical agitation, insomnia, or decreased appetite
    • Atypical depression, a cyclical sub-type of clinical depression where sleep, feeding and perception of pleasure are normal but there is a feeling of lethargy
    • Psychotic depression, a sub-type of clinical depression combined with psychotic or delusional perceptions
    • Postnatal depression, clinical depression following childbirth
  • Depression is the 4th stage of the Kübler-Ross model (commonly known as the "stages of dying").



depressing in Bosnian: Depresija (čvor)
depressing in Czech: Deprese
depressing in German: Depression (Begriffsklärung)
depressing in Spanish: Depresión (desambiguación)
depressing in Esperanto: Depresio
depressing in French: Dépression
depressing in Croatian: Depresija
depressing in Italian: Depressione
depressing in Dutch: Depressie
depressing in Dutch Low Saxon: Depressie
depressing in Norwegian: Depresjon
depressing in Polish: Depresja
depressing in Portuguese: Depressão
depressing in Russian: Депрессия (значения)
depressing in Simple English: Depression
depressing in Slovak: Depresia
depressing in Serbian: Депресија
depressing in Swedish: Depression (olika betydelser)
depressing in Ukrainian: Депресія

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