de·​ject·​ed | \ di-ˈjek-təd How to pronounce dejected (audio) , dē- \

Definition of dejected

1 : low in spirits : depressed The team was dejected after the loss.
2a obsolete : downcast her eyes dejected and her hair unbound— Alexander Pope
b archaic : thrown down
3 obsolete : lowered in rank or condition the dejected state wherein he is— Shakespeare

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Other Words from dejected

dejectedly adverb
dejectedness noun

Examples of dejected in a Sentence

The dejected players left the field. the dejected players slowly made their way back to the locker room, where they could mourn their defeat in private
Recent Examples on the Web For most of the game, Kevin Love -- who argued with general manager Koby Altman over a $1,000 fine earlier in the day -- looked visibly annoyed and dejected, snapping the ball at teammates and throwing his hands up in disgust. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Collin Sexton’s birthday spoiled in Cleveland Cavaliers’ 121-106 loss to Oklahoma City Thunder," 5 Jan. 2020 For a long time, Helen Kingston had noticed that a lot of her patients seemed dejected. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "How a small British town used social connections to make residents happier and healthier," 3 Dec. 2019 Looking increasingly dejected in recent weeks, Pochettino blamed the issues on an unsettled pre-season and spoke of 'different agendas' in the wake of the defeat to the League Two side., "Massimiliano Allegri & Jurgen Klinsmann Keen on Spurs Job Should Mauricio Pochettino Leave Post," 26 Sep. 2019 Short of a miracle in the form of an overnight Harry maturation into a Pro Bowl-caliber threat or a Gronkowski comeback, there are no obvious quick fixes forthcoming. Perhaps that’s why Brady appeared to be so dejected after the game. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Tom Brady is frustrated with the Patriots' offense — and rightfully so," 18 Nov. 2019 Afterward, a dejected Carl Eller sat in the locker room and thought about Vikings fans. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Bittersweet: Vikings celebrate 50th anniversary of first Super Bowl team," 20 Sep. 2019 Those within the Environmental Engineering and Science department at the school were particularly dejected. NBC News, "Climate change is shaping Iowa's physical and political landscape," 13 Oct. 2019 Tottenham’s Son Heung-min is dejected after missing an opportunity to score during the English Premier League soccer match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at Falmer stadium in Brighton, England Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pressure on Pochettino as Spurs lose 3-0 at Brighton," 5 Oct. 2019 Members of his government doubled down, accusing Thunberg of depressing the world, as if the world weren’t dejected already. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "Grow Up," 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of dejected

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dejected

see deject entry 2

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The first known use of dejected was in 1581

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dejected.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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How to pronounce dejected (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dejected

: sad because of failure, loss, etc.


de·​ject·​ed | \ di-ˈjek-təd How to pronounce dejected (audio) \

Kids Definition of dejected

: sad sense 1 We were dejected at losing the game.

Other Words from dejected

dejectedly adverb


de·​ject·​ed | \ di-ˈjek-təd How to pronounce dejected (audio) \

Medical Definition of dejected

: cast down in spirits : depressed

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dull or mediocre

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