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[doun-hahr-tid] /ˈdaʊnˈhɑr tɪd/
dejected; depressed; discouraged.
Origin of downhearted
First recorded in 1645-55; down1 + hearted
Related forms
downheartedly, adverb
downheartedness, noun
downcast, despondent, disheartened, dispirited, sad, sorrowful. Unabridged
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  • And there's no cause to be downhearted, for he'll very soon get better, very soon.

  • They were not downhearted, nor anxious, nor fretful for all this; far from it.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • Nay, don't be downhearted, for I cannot stand women's tears.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • "Don't be downhearted, old fellow," he said when he parted from him.

    The Girls of St. Olave's Mabel Mackintosh
  • An they grew poor an' looked kind o' ragged an' sickly an' downhearted.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • I thought it was upside down already; but I was too weak and downhearted to say so.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • Never in his life before had he been so downhearted Gretchen observed his melancholy.

    A True Hero W.H.G. Kingston
  • "Don't be downhearted, lad," Bill said, with an attempt at cheerfulness.

    Down the Slope James Otis
  • She could not really understand what kept those about her so downhearted.

    The Mission of Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • downhearted, almost despairing, Harry Blew halts upon the beach.

British Dictionary definitions for downhearted


discouraged; dejected
Derived Forms
downheartedly, adverb
downheartedness, noun
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