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dejected

[dih-jek-tid]
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adjective
  1. depressed in spirits; disheartened; low-spirited: The dejected expression on the face of the loser spoiled my victory.

Origin of dejected

First recorded in 1575–85; deject + -ed2
Related formsde·ject·ed·ly, adverbde·ject·ed·ness, nounqua·si-de·ject·ed, adjectivequa·si-de·ject·ed·ly, adverbun·de·ject·ed, adjectiveun·de·ject·ed·ly, adverbun·de·ject·ed·ness, noun

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discouraged, despondent, dispirited, downhearted, unhappy, miserable.

Antonyms

happy.

deject

[dih-jekt]
verb (used with object)
  1. to depress the spirits of; dispirit; dishearten: Such news dejects me.
adjective
  1. Archaic. dejected; downcast.

Origin of deject

1375–1425; late Middle English dejecten (v.) < Latin dējectus (past participle of dējicere to throw down), equivalent to dē- de- + -jec-, combining form of jacere to throw + -tus past participle suffix
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dejected

adjective
  1. miserable; despondent; downhearted
Derived Formsdejectedly, adverbdejectedness, noun

deject

verb
  1. (tr) to have a depressing effect on; dispirit; dishearten
adjective
  1. archaic downcast; dejected

Word Origin

C15: from Latin dēicere to cast down, from de- + iacere to throw
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Word Origin and History for dejected

adj.

"depressed at heart," 1580s, past participle adjective from deject. Related: Dejectedly (1610s).

deject

v.

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.

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