de·​ject | \ di-ˈjekt How to pronounce deject (audio) , dē- \

Definition of deject

 (Entry 1 of 2)



dejected; dejecting; dejects

Definition of deject (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make gloomy

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Synonyms & Antonyms for deject

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of deject in a Sentence

Verb nothing dejects a TV pundit more than the reality check that nobody cares what he thinks
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First Known Use of deject


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1581, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deject


Middle English, to throw down, from Latin dejectus, past participle of deicere, from de- + jacere to throw — more at jet

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“Deject.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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