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sobering
as in:  a sobering thought


These are sobering statistics that should leave all of us concerned.
  serious; or making one serious or calm
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sober sobering sobered sobers soberly
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  • These are sobering statistics that should leave all of us concerned.
  • She stopped laughing and said in a sober tone, ...
  • When he turned round to me, his face was sober.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • The crowd looked mighty sober; nobody stirred, and there warn’t no more laughing.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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  • Her associates said little but looked sober and occasionally made important-looking notations on the yellow legal pads that lawyers never seemed to tire of.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • "Save them and they’ll kill you," he said soberly.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • In a sober voice my father said, "Some day you may have to live in town."
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • But the strangest part of the affair is the effect of this vagary, even on a sober-minded man like myself.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • Napoleon Letsitsi, was a young man of sober habits and good conduct,
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • I was trying to jolly her but Star doesn’t jolly. She answered in sober earnest.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road

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  • Everyone thought soberly for a minute,
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
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Associated words [difficulty]:   sobering [1]
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