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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verb (used with object)

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


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

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miserable; despondent; downhearted
Derived Formsdejectedly, adverbdejectedness, noun



(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 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.

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