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depress +‎ -oid


depressoid (comparative more depressoid, superlative most depressoid)

  1. Resembling depression.
    • 1982, Psychiatric Annals, Volume 16, page 304:
      [] of the difficulties in differentiating the "depressoid" picture of acute grief from the clinical depressions that may evolve later, []
    • 1987, Sidney Zisook, Biophysical Aspects of Bereavement, American Psychiatric Press (1987), ISBN 9780880481359, page 183:
      The major problem for the clinician involves the differentiation of those states which represent "real" depression from those "depressoid" states associated with grief.
    • 1993, Therese A. Rando, Treatment of Complicated Mourning, Research Press (1993), ISBN 9780878223299, page 210:
      They recommend that such depressions be treated with antidepressants whether evolved from the depressoid state of acute grief or not.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:depressoid.
  2. (slang, pejorative) Depressing or miserable.
    • 1996 September 27, Diane Wilson, “Re: Goals?”, in, Usenet[1]:
      My sense of humor is just as black as before. I still listen to the same depressoid music. Yet I'm much happier, and I'm open in ways that would have terrified me only a few years ago.
    • 2002 April 21, Adam, “Re: Another survey - last movie.”, in misc.writing.screenplays, Usenet[2]:
      The slow cinema verite pacing of this film suited it's totally depressoid theme.
    • 2007, Thrity Umrigar, If Today Be Sweet, Harper Perennial (2007), ISBN 9780061240232, page 250:
      “The ski trip? Oh, God, what a depressoid bust. It turned out we didn't have reservations at the place we thought we did. []


depressoid (plural depressoids)

  1. (slang, pejorative) A depressed or miserable person.
    • 1982, Jean Rosenbaum & Veryl Rosenbaum, The Writer's Survival Guide, Writer's Digest Books (1982), ISBN 9780898790566, page 140:
      [] I have no time for prolonged sadness or self-pity because I am making a living. People care little about your failures and don't enjoy the company of a depressoid. []
    • 1992, Wayne Robins, "The Cure: An Antidote For Gloom", Newsday, 19 May 1992:
      Those who think of the Cure as a band of depressoids playing dark music for adolescent introverts could not imagine how determined it was to let the sun shine into Nassau Coliseum Friday night.
    • 2011, Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Crown Archetype (2011), ISBN 9780307886262, page 142:
      It's always been incredibly challenging for me to put pen to page, because writing, at its heart, is a solitary pursuit, designed to make people depressoids, drug addicts, misanthropes, and antisocial weirdos (see every successful writer ever except Judy Blume).
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:depressoid.