- depressed in spirits; disheartened; low-spirited: The dejected expression on the face of the loser spoiled my victory.
Origin of dejected
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- to depress the spirits of; dispirit; dishearten: Such news dejects me.
- Archaic. dejected; downcast.
Origin of deject
Examples from the Web for dejected
So I was dejected when I got the theater and the late afternoon show was sold out.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession
November 22, 2014
As the paddlers have the sweat hosed off of them, they are either elated or dejected with the timing results.Bros Love Dragon Boats
August 10, 2014
I was dejected and rejected yet again by someone who cashed my checks to tell me how to deal with dejection and rejection.My Therapist Dumped Me
April 4, 2014
I sat at my desk feeling crushed and dejected about the great wrong we had perpetrated.Mandela, My Source: One Journalist’s Memory of Clandestine Meetings
December 6, 2013
I looked down at my beautiful, brand-new clogs—and then back up at her, dejected.The Uncomfortable Truth About Clogs
July 31, 2013
Unwashed and unshaven, he saunters moodily about, weary and dejected.Sunday under Three Heads
Seated on the ground, in a semicircle, were half a dozen dejected prisoners.
Yates stood for a moment regarding the dejected attitude of his friend.
While the conquered were still, sullen, and dejected, the victors triumphed.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Instead of being a dejected beauty, she is all life and gaiety.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
- miserable; despondent; downhearted
- (tr) to have a depressing effect on; dispirit; dishearten
- archaic downcast; dejected
Word Origin and History for dejected
"depressed at heart," 1580s, past participle adjective from deject. Related: Dejectedly (1610s).
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.