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  1. dejected; depressed; discouraged.
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Origin of downhearted

First recorded in 1645–55; down1 + hearted
Related formsdown·heart·ed·ly, adverbdown·heart·ed·ness, noun


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Examples from the Web for downhearted

Historical Examples

  • And there's no cause to be downhearted, for he'll very soon get better, very soon.

    The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby

    Charles Dickens

  • They were not downhearted, nor anxious, nor fretful for all this; far from it.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan

    Charles James Lever

  • Nay, don't be downhearted, for I cannot stand women's tears.

    Curious, if True

    Elizabeth Gaskell

  • "Don't be downhearted, old fellow," he said when he parted from him.

    The Girls of St. Olave's

    Mabel Mackintosh

  • An they grew poor an' looked kind o' ragged an' sickly an' downhearted.

    Eben Holden

    Irving Bacheller

British Dictionary definitions for downhearted


  1. discouraged; dejected
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Derived Formsdownheartedly, adverbdownheartedness, noun
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