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sobering
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as in: a sobering thought Define
serious; or making one serious or calm
  • The shock and the incipient pain had partly sobered him.

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  • These are sobering statistics that should leave all of us concerned.
  • She stopped laughing and said in a sober tone, ...

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unspecified meaning
  • Every step brought him nearer to London, farther from his own sober inartistic life.
  • His wife was a little sharp-faced woman who bullied her husband when he was sober and was bullied by him when he was drunk.

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  • He was sober, thrifty and pious; he went to the altar every first Friday, sometimes with her, oftener by himself.
  • This rebuke during the sober hours of school paled much of the glory of the Wild West for me and the confused puffy face of Leo Dillon awakened one of my consciences.
  • He told her that for some time he had assisted at the meetings of an Irish Socialist Party where he had felt himself a unique figure amidst a score of sober workmen in a garret lit by an inefficient oil-lamp.

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as in: Talk to me when your sober. Define
not under the influence of alcohol
as in: a sobering thought Define
serious; or making one serious or calm
as in: I need to sober up. Define
to become less drunk
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