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depression

de·pres·sion

depression

 
pronunciation:
dih pre shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a mental state characterized by unhappiness and dejection.
He fell into depression after his wife died.
synonyms:
blues, dejection, melancholy, sadness
antonyms:
buoyancy, elation, euphoria, exaltation, exhilaration, joie de vivre
similar words:
despondency, doldrums, dumps, funk, gloom
definition 2: something that is lower than its immediate surroundings.
a depression in the road
antonyms:
projection
similar words:
bowl, cavity, dent, dip, hole, hollow, pit, scoop, sink
definition 3: the act or process of depressing.
similar words:
indentation, lowering, pressure
definition 4: an economic state in which business is very bad, unemployment is very high, and poverty is widespread. (See recession1.)
antonyms:
prosperity
similar words:
bust, decline, recession, slump, stagflation
definition 5: (cap.) the Great Depression.
definition 6: a region with lower atmospheric pressure than nearby regions.
similar words:
cyclone
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