- to depress the spirits of; dispirit; dishearten: Such news dejects me.
- Archaic. dejected; downcast.
Origin of deject
Examples from the Web for deject
The things which do not disturb her temper may, perhaps, deject her spirits.A Strange Story, Complete
And I alone, of all men “most deject and wretched,” survive them all.The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 1 of 2
Edward Tyas Cook
This did not dishearten or deject the golden party; far from it.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.
I must deject you now and make you listen to me; there is not much more to hear.Look Back on Happiness
For one, the worst event of this day, though it may deject, shall not break or subdue me.
- (tr) to have a depressing effect on; dispirit; dishearten
- archaic downcast; dejected
Word Origin and History for deject
early 15c., "to throw or cast down," from Old French dejeter (12c.), from Latin deiectus "a throwing down, felling, fall," past participle of deicere "to cast down, destroy; drive out; kill, slay, defeat," from de- "down" + -icere, comb. form of iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)). Originally literal; the sense of "depress in spirit" is c.1500.