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

Synonyms for dejected

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

Examples from the Web for dejectedly

Contemporary Examples of dejectedly

Historical Examples of dejectedly

  • I found him dejectedly studying an ancient copy of the "Referee."

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Cornelius slunk past dejectedly in the direction of the river.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • "He refused to see me," answered Frederick Augustus, dejectedly.

  • "'Tis possible—nay, probable—that this is a bootless quest," said I dejectedly.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • “I made sure it was all blown over,” said the latter, dejectedly.

    Follow My leader

    Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for dejectedly



miserable; despondent; downhearted
Derived Formsdejectedly, adverbdejectedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dejectedly



"depressed at heart," 1580s, past participle adjective from deject. Related: Dejectedly (1610s).

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