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dejection

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noun de·jec·tion \di-ˈjek-shən, dē-\

Simple Definition of dejection

  • : sadness that is caused by failure, loss, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dejection

  1. :  lowness of spirits

Examples of dejection in a sentence

  1. <I find that ice cream often works wonders when trying to overcome dejection.>



Did You Know?

Based partly on the Latin iacere, "to throw", dejection means literally "cast down"—that is, "downcast". Like melancholy, gloom, and even sadness, dejection seems to have been declining in use for many years; instead, we now seem to prefer depression (whose roots mean basically "a pressing down"). Since depression is also the word used by doctors, lots of people now assume that anyone depressed should be taking an antidepressant; if we went back to dejected and dejection, we might not be so quick to make that assumption.

15th Century

First Known Use of dejection

15th century


DEJECTION Defined for Kids

dejection

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noun de·jec·tion \di-ˈjek-shən\

Definition of dejection for Students

  1. :  a feeling of sadness




Medical Dictionary

dejection

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noun de·jec·tion \-ˈjek-shən\

Medical Definition of dejection

  1. 1:  lowness of spirits :  depression, melancholy

  2. 2a:  the act or process of defecatingb:  feces, excrement





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