• WordNet 3.6
    • adj depressant capable of depressing physiological or psychological activity or response by a chemical agent
    • n depressant a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression than men in the United States
    • n Depressant (Med) An agent or remedy which lowers the vital powers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, received an alarming number of threatening letters, soon after her husband became President at the height of the Depression, the Secret Service insisted that she carry a pistol in her purse
    • n depressant In medicine, a sedative.
    • n depressant A therapeutic agent which is employed to reduce mental or physical strength.
    • depressant Causing a lowering of the physical or mental forces.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Negative emotions such as anxiety and depression can weaken your immune system.
    • n Depressant (med.) a sedative
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  • Paul Tillich
    Paul Tillich
    “Depression is rage spread thin.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Nothing else is needed to make you depressed, than to fancy you are so.”
  • Harry S Truman
    “It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose your own.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “The brotherhood of man is not a mere poet's dream: it is a most depressing and humiliating reality.”
  • Arthur Rubinstein
    Arthur Rubinstein
    “Even when I'm sick and depressed, I love life.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    “Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. deprimĕre, -pressumde, down, and primĕre, to press.


In literature:

The size of the crackers depressed us considerably for they were the smallest we had ever seen.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Unfortunately the thrilling account of the Kutial's misfortunes had a depressing effect on my men.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
There is nothing on earth so depressing or so humiliating as sea-sickness.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Depressed surface 96 100.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
Upon one side of these fractures the surface has been depressed, while upon the other it has been raised.
"The Western United States" by Harold Wellman Fairbanks
He could not help being amusing; but he meant to be depressing.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
Goyaz city lay before us down, down below, in the hollow of the huge depression.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
And suddenly a feeling of depression that was like regret or even remorse took possession of her.
"Elsie Marley, Honey" by Joslyn Gray
I laughed; I sang; the depression of the last weeks fell from me like a cloak, and I faced the future glad and undismayed.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
One had much less time to be depressed and discouraged when one had so many things to think of.
"Ted and the Telephone" by Sara Ware Bassett
It is seen where there is great exhaustion or depression or profound brain disturbance.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
It is the mechanical nature of the affair that so depresses me.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
She had never permitted herself to think of it, lest she should grow depressed and unhappy.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
Whether it is that storms come when one is depressed, or whether one gets depressed when storms approach, I am not prepared to say.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
He had never seen Gouverneur so depressed and irritable.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
I was conscious that he was gloomy, depressed, perhaps a little unstrung.
"The Wonder" by J. D. Beresford
There was something eager, sharp and yet depressed about her, that might well be irritating.
"Bird of Paradise" by Ada Leverson
It was a depressing time for him, so depressing that he could see very little hope.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
There was one worker, however, who felt nothing of this depression.
"Audrey Craven" by May Sinclair
I felt depressed after leaving him.
"Over Here" by Hector MacQuarrie

In poetry:

There's been a depression in Wigan and Shoreditch,
In Chorlton-come-quick and Pwllheli;
There's another depression in Aunt Lizzie's chest
Where the mangle caught her in the-elbow.
"The Broadcaster" by Billy Bennett
Through life's winding valley, in anguish, in rest,
Exalted in joy, or by sorrow depressed;
Just place in the mirror that lies on my heart
Thine image shall never one moment depart.
"Fixed Love" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Afar though nation be on nation hurled,
And life with toil and ancient pain depressed,
Here one may scarce believe the whole wide world
Is not at peace, and all man's heart at rest.
"Wordsworth's Grave" by William Watson
And time went by, drawn by slow horses.
We did not ourselves know what the end was.
The Great Depression had entered our souls like fog.
We had our flaws, perhaps a few private virtues.
"Pantoum Of The Great Depression" by Donald Justice
When six days of labour each other succeeding,
The husbandman toils with his spirits depress'd;
What pleasure to think, as the last is receding,
To--morrow will be a sweet Sabbath of rest!
"To-Morrow - Written During Sickness." by Susanna Blamire
No friend to Fame's obstreperous noise,
Yet to the whispers of her voice,
Soft murmuring, not a foe:
The pleasures he through choice declined,
When gloomy fogs depress'd his mind,
It grieved him to forego.
"A Pastoral Ode. To the Hon. Sir Richard Lyttleton" by William Shenstone

In news:

2 have reported that acute tryptophan depletion induces transient clinical relapse in most remitted medication-free former patients with major depressive disorder.
As Low Rates Depress Savers, Governments Reap Benefits.
Unless you're a supermodel, trying on swimsuits likely leaves you depressed and in a sour mood.
The 2 Month Photo, 12 Things That Might Depress You About Music.
12 Depressing Things About Music I found this article and there are parts here that are pretty depressing.
Will The Shadow Market Depress Apartment Rent Growth.
Don't Let Employee Feedback Depress You.
I still get depressed when I read my employee surveys.
Concerned mothers unite to sue anti- depressant makers.
Director had anti- depressant , sleep aid in system at death.
US — The generic version of a popular anti- depressant drug, apparently isn't working for some people.
"It's folk music," he opined, a view that no doubt would set a folkie's (or a No Depression reader's) dentures on edge.
Is Dad Just Angry or Downright Depressed.
Others say physical punishment instills shame that can lead to anxiety and depression later.
Glenwood Smith, 61, in Brooklyn, has had depression and bipolar disorder.

In science:

These months were in fact an early stage of what is widely seen as the nation’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
The low upper limits for the SFR in the shock suggests that star formation is depressed in the shock apart from in the IGM starburst, SQ-A, which has a SFR of ∼ 1.25 M⊙ yr−1 at the velocity of the group (Xu et al. 2003).
Powerful H$_2$ Line-cooling in Stephan's Quintet : I - Mapping the Significant Cooling Pathways in Group-wide Shocks
Leggett et al. 2010), however it was not previously clear if this was caused by depression of the J -band peak, or brightening in the Y band.
Forty seven new T dwarfs from the UKIDSS Large Area Survey
The logarithm is also operator concave: for all pd A, H and τ ∈ [0, 1]. τ log(A) + (1 − τ ) log(H ) 4 log(τ A + (1 − τ )H ) Caveat lector: Operator monotone functions and operator convex functions are depressingly rare.
User-friendly tail bounds for sums of random matrices
This is not to say that winter-overers don’t go through periods of depression.
Astronomy in Antarctica
This may result in “sigma drops” where the central velocity dispersion is actually depressed (e.g.
An expanded M_bh-sigma diagram, and a new calibration of active galactic nuclei masses
As pointed out in section 2, it is indeed surrounded by close and high mountain ranges situated ∼100 km north of a vast depression.
The TIANSHAN Radio Experiment for Neutrino Detection
The depressed Tc with increasing hω 2 iλ such as for Pb ascribes to the decrease of λ.
Tc map and superconductivity of simple metals at high pressure
The more interesting is that with the transition from the PM to AFM phases when U > Uc3 , the increase of the Coulomb interaction depresses the orbital polarization, which originates from the increase of the Hund’s rule coupling.
Effect of Spin Correlations on Multi-orbital Metal-Insulator Transitions and Suppression of Orbital Selective Mott Transitions
This distance roughly corresponds to the depth of the Wilson depression.
Structures in compressible magnetoconvection and the nature of umbral dots
If the concentration p reaches its critical value p∗ then the critical temperature depresses to zero.
Critical behavior and phase diagrams of a spin-1 Blume-Capel model with random crystal field interactions: An effective field theory analysis
Besides, the curves which exhibit a reentrant behavior of first (or second) order, depress to zero at three successive values of crystal field D/J = −3.0, −2.0, −1.0.
Critical behavior and phase diagrams of a spin-1 Blume-Capel model with random crystal field interactions: An effective field theory analysis
According to this figure, critical temperature kB Tc/J of system decreases gradually, and ferromagnetic region gets narrower as p increases, and kB Tc/J value depresses to zero at p = p∗ .
Critical behavior and phase diagrams of a spin-1 Blume-Capel model with random crystal field interactions: An effective field theory analysis
If p increases further, a reentrant behavior of second order appears for p = 0.53, and we see a broad maximum at low temperatures for p = 0.517 and 0.5 which tends to depress as p decreases.
Critical behavior and phase diagrams of a spin-1 Blume-Capel model with random crystal field interactions: An effective field theory analysis
Namely, first order transition temperatures of the system for p ≤ 0.7163 and p ≥ 0.7164 depress to zero at D/J = −3.0 and D/J = −2.0, respectively.
Critical behavior and phase diagrams of a spin-1 Blume-Capel model with random crystal field interactions: An effective field theory analysis