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[dih-jek-tid] /dɪˈdʒɛk tɪd/
depressed in spirits; disheartened; low-spirited:
The dejected expression on the face of the loser spoiled my victory.
Origin of dejected
1575-85; deject + -ed2
Related forms
dejectedly, adverb
dejectedness, noun
quasi-dejected, adjective
quasi-dejectedly, adverb
undejected, adjective
undejectedly, adverb
undejectedness, noun
discouraged, despondent, dispirited, downhearted, unhappy, miserable.
happy. Unabridged
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  • "She will have to remain at home, then," returned Harold, dejectedly.

    In the Van; or, The Builders John Price-Brown
  • "'Tis possible—nay, probable—that this is a bootless quest," said I dejectedly.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • "I always thought you so honorable, so generous," Adolph murmured, dejectedly.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
  • "Yes, but I may not always be here," replied Fouquet, dejectedly.

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • He returned slowly and dejectedly to the hotel, and joined Frdric and Mnard with an expression of utter dismay.

  • She took her place at his heels, dejectedly, 160 like a whipped dog.

    In the Morning of Time Charles G. D. Roberts
  • "Heaven has decreed it otherwise," replied the knight, dejectedly.

    Jack Sheppard, Vol. I (of III) W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • "If I had not lost the twenty francs he would not have died," she said dejectedly.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • They walked slowly and dejectedly, though some took off their hats and gave one a rough "Good-day."

    South African Memories Lady Sarah Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for dejectedly


miserable; despondent; downhearted
Derived Forms
dejectedly, adverb
dejectedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dejectedly



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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