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dejected

[dih-jek-tid] /dɪˈdʒɛk tɪd/
adjective
1.
depressed in spirits; disheartened; low-spirited:
The dejected expression on the face of the loser spoiled my victory.
Origin of dejected
1575-1585
1575-85; deject + -ed2
Related forms
dejectedly, adverb
dejectedness, noun
quasi-dejected, adjective
quasi-dejectedly, adverb
undejected, adjective
undejectedly, adverb
undejectedness, noun
Synonyms
discouraged, despondent, dispirited, downhearted, unhappy, miserable.
Antonyms
happy.

deject

[dih-jekt] /dɪˈdʒɛkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to depress the spirits of; dispirit; dishearten:
Such news dejects me.
adjective
2.
Archaic. dejected; downcast.
Origin
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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  • The two children came forth from their cabin with a slow and dejected pace.

    Vathek William Beckford
  • Unwashed and unshaven, he saunters moodily about, weary and dejected.

    Sunday under Three Heads Charles Dickens
  • "And his manner is so dejected," remarks his mother, smiling.

    Airy Fairy Lilian Margaret Wolfe Hamilton (AKA Duchess)
  • Seated on the ground, in a semicircle, were half a dozen dejected prisoners.

  • I rose up at last from this spot, and with a dejected heart journeyed to the interior of Asia.

    Peter Schlemihl Adelbert von Chamisso
British Dictionary definitions for dejected

dejected

/dɪˈdʒɛktɪd/
adjective
1.
miserable; despondent; downhearted
Derived Forms
dejectedly, adverb
dejectedness, noun

deject

/dɪˈdʒɛkt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to have a depressing effect on; dispirit; dishearten
adjective
2.
(archaic) downcast; dejected
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēicere to cast down, from de- + iacere to throw
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Word Origin and History for dejected
adj.

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

deject

v.

early 15c., "to throw or cast down," from Old French dejeter (12c.), from Latin deiectus "a throwing down, felling, fall," past participle of deicere "to cast down, destroy; drive out; kill, slay, defeat," from de- "down" + -icere, comb. form of iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)). Originally literal; the sense of "depress in spirit" is c.1500.

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