[ 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
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Definition for dejected (2 of 2)


[ dih-jekt ]
/ dɪˈdʒɛkt /

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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British Dictionary definitions for dejected (1 of 2)


/ (dɪˈdʒɛktɪd) /


miserable; despondent; downhearted

Derived Formsdejectedly, adverbdejectedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for dejected (2 of 2)


/ (dɪˈdʒɛkt) /


(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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