verb (used with object)

to depress the spirits of; dispirit; dishearten: Such news dejects me.


Archaic. dejected; downcast.

Nearby words

  1. deists,
  2. deiters' cell,
  3. deity,
  4. deixis,
  5. deja vu,
  6. dejecta,
  7. dejected,
  8. dejectedly,
  9. dejection,
  10. dejerine's disease

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for deject



(tr) to have a depressing effect on; dispirit; dishearten


archaic downcast; dejected

Word Origin for deject

C15: from Latin dēicere to cast down, from de- + iacere to throw

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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.

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