dejected

[ dih-jek-tid ]
/ dɪˈdʒɛk tɪd /

adjective

depressed in spirits; disheartened; low-spirited: The dejected expression on the face of the loser spoiled my victory.

Nearby words

  1. deity,
  2. deixis,
  3. deja vu,
  4. deject,
  5. dejecta,
  6. dejectedly,
  7. dejection,
  8. dejerine's disease,
  9. deka-,
  10. dekagram

Origin of dejected

First recorded in 1575–85; deject + -ed2

Related forms

deject

[ dih-jekt ]
/ dɪˈdʒɛkt /

verb (used with object)

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

adjective

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

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British Dictionary definitions for dejected

dejected

/ (dɪˈdʒɛktɪd) /

adjective

miserable; despondent; downhearted
Derived Formsdejectedly, adverbdejectedness, noun

deject

/ (dɪˈdʒɛkt) /

verb

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

adjective

archaic downcast; dejected

Word Origin for deject

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

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