de·​ject·​ed di-ˈjek-təd How to pronounce dejected (audio)
: low in spirits : depressed
The team was dejected after the loss.
obsolete : downcast
her eyes dejected and her hair unboundAlexander Pope
archaic : thrown down
obsolete : lowered in rank or condition
the dejected state wherein he isShakespeare
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
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Word History


see deject entry 2

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dejected was in 1581

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“Dejected.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


de·​ject·​ed di-ˈjek-təd How to pronounce dejected (audio)
: low in spirits : sad, depressed
dejectedly adverb
dejectedness noun

Medical Definition


de·​ject·​ed di-ˈjek-təd How to pronounce dejected (audio)
: cast down in spirits : depressed

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