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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This design feature, this core consequence of the Islamic creed, should hearten democrats and deject despots. Haroon Moghul, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 Taylor was dejected by the outcome but vowed to seek a retrial. Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2019 Gabriela Gordillo walked out of the Mesa InterStake Center dejected. Pamela Ren Larson, azcentral, 20 June 2018 Jorge Alfaro, dejected a moment earlier, lifted his catcher’s helmet and applauded. Matt Breen,, 28 Apr. 2018 The professional deficits have been topped with dejecting personal tragedies. Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, 20 July 2017 Dejected by his misfortune, Montana was unsure on how to proceed next. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 13 July 2017 See More

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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 18 Aug. 2022.

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