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[dih-jek-shuh n] /dɪˈdʒɛk ʃən/
depression or lowness of spirits.
Medicine/Medical, Physiology.
  1. evacuation of the bowels; fecal discharge.
  2. excrement.
Origin of dejection
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English deieccioun < Latin dējectiōn- (stem of dējectiō) a throwing down, equivalent to dēject(us) (see deject) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
self-dejection, noun
superdejection, noun
1. exhilaration. Unabridged
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  • The whole soul of the poet is reflected in the Ode to dejection.

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

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Even my father was terrified by the state of dejection into which I fell.

    Silent Struggles Ann S. Stephens
  • "Nobody ever thinks I see anything," said Aunt Jane, in some dejection.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • In the morning when he appeared at breakfast, his countenance wore the marks of dejection and anguish.

    Alida Amelia Stratton Comfield
  • Whether in his studio or in the streets, his dejection was the same.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • There was so much pain and dejection in his look, that his friend could not fail to observe it.

    Vassall Morton Francis Parkman
  • Richling smiled broadly through his dejection, and touched his own chest.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • When they lamented in their dejection, he promised great things of the future.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
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

dejection de·jec·tion (dĭ-jěk'shən)

  1. Lowness of spirits; depression; melancholy.

  2. The evacuation of the bowels; defecation.

  3. Feces; excrement.

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