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

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

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

Related Words for dejection

sorrow, grief, melancholy, sadness, depression

Examples from the Web for dejection

Contemporary Examples of dejection

  • I was dejected and rejected yet again by someone who cashed my checks to tell me how to deal with dejection and rejection.

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    My Therapist Dumped Me

    Lizzie Crocker

    April 4, 2014

Historical Examples of dejection

  • Wild, Quixotic notions of sacrifice flooded his mood of dejection.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "Nobody ever thinks I see anything," said Aunt Jane, in some dejection.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • A particular kind of dejection to relieve a general fatigue.

  • His excessive anguish drew him from this state of dejection.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • Whether in his studio or in the streets, his dejection was the same.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for dejection



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

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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dejection in Medicine




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