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Language tip of the week: feeling sad about life

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips will explore the words and phrases we use to talk about feelings. This week’s tip looks at adjectives that mean feeling sad about life in general:

depressed if someone feels depressed, they are very sad and feel negative about the present or the future:
This weather is making us all a bit depressed. ♦ I’m so depressed about the political situation.

Depressed is also used to describe a medical condition. If a person is clinically depressed, they are suffering from an illness called depression that makes them feel like this all the time.

low feeling negative about life and lacking in energy:
She was very low when I last saw her. ♦ It’s unlike her to be in such low spirits.
down feeling slightly depressed, often for no obvious reason
I’ve just been feeling down recently, that’s all
. ♦ All these problems are getting her down.
in the depths of despair feeling completely negative about life, often because of bad things that have happened to you:
He was in the depths of despair when he lost his job.
be at rock bottom or hit rock bottom if you are at rock bottom or have hit rock bottom, so many bad things have happened to you that you feel as if your life cannot get any worse:

After the divorce I really hit rock bottom.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to talk about ‘feeling sad‘.

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