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[dih-jek-tid] /dɪˈdʒɛk tɪd/
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 forms
dejectedly, adverb
dejectedness, noun
quasi-dejected, adjective
quasi-dejectedly, adverb
undejected, adjective
undejectedly, adverb
undejectedness, noun
discouraged, despondent, dispirited, downhearted, unhappy, miserable.
happy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I found him dejectedly studying an ancient copy of the "Referee."

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Cornelius slunk past dejectedly in the direction of the river.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • "He refused to see me," answered Frederick Augustus, dejectedly.

  • "'Tis possible—nay, probable—that this is a bootless quest," said I dejectedly.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • “I made sure it was all blown over,” said the latter, dejectedly.

    Follow My leader Talbot Baines Reed
  • "How petty and selfish all my life has been," said Rachel, dejectedly, as they left the room.

    The Red Acorn John McElroy
  • "Yes, but I may not always be here," replied Fouquet, dejectedly.

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • "You're getting me in pretty deep," mumbled Archie dejectedly.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
  • She took her place at his heels, dejectedly, 160 like a whipped dog.

    In the Morning of Time Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for dejectedly


miserable; despondent; downhearted
Derived Forms
dejectedly, adverb
dejectedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dejectedly



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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