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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
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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Examples for dejected
  • Exhausted and dejected, we all went to bed early.
  • One day, dad came home from work totally dejected.
  • More dejected than a crawdad without his craw.
  • Uninjured, the dejected racer waved to the crowd and skied to the bottom.
  • I'd never been more dejected in my life.
  • He was totally dejected — you could see it in his eyes.
  • His mother vividly remembered one time when her son became unusually dejected about going back.
  • In them I don't sound afraid or confused but oddly dejected.
  • It's a good reminder that coming across as bitter and dejected isn't usually a good tactic.
  • For a few years there, I often felt like an outsider and would often get dejected.
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
deject
early 15c., from L. dejectus, pp. of deicere "to cast down," from de- "down" + -icere, comb. form of jacere "to throw." Originally literal; the sense of "depress in spirit" is mid-15c. Related: Dejectedly (1610s).
dejected
"depressed at heart," 1580s, pp. adj. from deject (q.v.).
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