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Definition of sobering adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

sobering

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adjective
NAmE//ˈsoʊbərɪŋ//
 
 
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making you feel serious and think carefully a sobering effect/experience/thought, etc. It is sobering to realize that this is not a new problem.
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