dejection

[dih-jek-shuhn]

noun

depression or lowness of spirits.
Medicine/Medical, Physiology.
  1. evacuation of the bowels; fecal discharge.
  2. excrement.

Nearby words

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

Origin of dejection

1400–50; late Middle English deieccioun < Latin dējectiōn- (stem of dējectiō) a throwing down, equivalent to dēject(us) (see deject) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsself-de·jec·tion, nounsu·per·de·jec·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for dejection

dejection

noun

lowness of spirits; depression; melancholy
  1. faecal matter evacuated from the bowels; excrement
  2. the act of defecating; defecation
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Word Origin and History for dejection

dejection

n.

early 15c., from Old French dejection "abjection, depravity; casting down" and directly from Latin dejectionem (nominative dejectio), noun of action from past participle stem of dejicere "to cast down" (see deject).

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Medicine definitions for dejection

dejection

[dĭ-jĕkshən]

n.

Lowness of spirits; depression; melancholy.
The evacuation of the bowels; defecation.
Feces; excrement.

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