1. [syn: depressing, cheerless, uncheerful]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Depress \De*press"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Depressed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Depressing.] [L. depressus, p. p. of deprimere; de-
+ premere to press. See Press.]
1. To press down; to cause to sink; to let fall; to lower;
as, to depress the muzzle of a gun; to depress the eyes.
"With lips depressed." --Tennyson.
2. To bring down or humble; to abase, as pride.
3. To cast a gloom upon; to sadden; as, his spirits were
4. To lessen the activity of; to make dull; embarrass, as
trade, commerce, etc.
5. To lessen in price; to cause to decline in value; to
cheapen; to depreciate.
6. (Math.) To reduce (an equation) in a lower degree.
To depress the pole (Naut.), to cause the sidereal pole to
appear lower or nearer the horizon, as by sailing toward
Syn: To sink; lower; abase; cast down; deject; humble;
degrade; dispirit; discourage.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy; "the
economic outlook is depressing"; "something cheerless
about the room"; "a moody and uncheerful person"; "an
uncheerful place" [syn: depressing, cheerless,
uncheerful] [ant: cheerful]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
51 Moby Thesaurus words for "depressing":
affecting, afflictive, bitter, black, bleak, cheerless,
comfortless, deplorable, depressant, depressive, discomforting,
discouraging, disheartening, dismal, dismaying, dispiriting,
distressful, distressing, dolorific, dolorogenic, dolorous, down,
dreary, funereal, grievous, joyless, lamentable, melancholic,
melancholy, mournful, moving, oppressive, painful, pathetic,
piteous, pitiable, poignant, regrettable, rueful, sad, saddening,
sharp, somber, sore, sorrowful, touching, triste, uncomfortable,
woebegone, woeful, wretched