Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


It is the mechanical nature of the affair that so depresses me.

Every breath of wind, every wave, every cloud, agitates and depresses us.

Because it depresses you, and I do not see the sense of causing you pain.

It is so antique and dismal that it depresses me dreadfully.

And it depresses me when I am at the office at night to think of you as lonely.

But we needn't have the top on at all, if it depresses your spirits.

There is a kind of pressure that exhilarates us, and an absence of pressure that depresses us.

It depresses the nervous system, especially the spinal cord.

It is not increase in number of exchanges that depresses prices.

The priesthood accepted the depreciation which depresses and paralyses the will.


early 14c., "put down by force," from Old French depresser, from Late Latin depressare, frequentative of Latin deprimere "press down," from de- "down" (see de-) + premere "to press" (see press (v.1)).

Meaning "push down physically" is from early 15c.; that of "deject, make gloomy" is from 1620s; economic sense of "lower in value" is from 1878. Related: Depressed; depressing.