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 The Jeffersonville faithful rushed the gym as the dejected Floyd Central players slowly walked off the court. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Jacob Jones' fadeaway buzzer-beater 3 lifts Jeffersonville basketball over Floyd Central," 18 Jan. 2020 In the morning the dejected group waded neck-deep across a lagoon to reach the beach, where canoes transported them over the dangerous, sometimes deadly, surf to the Clotilda. National Geographic, "," 16 Jan. 2020 Like that improbable loss, this one ended on a goofy play complete with laterals, missed tackles, fumbles, and a bunch of dejected Patriots., "In the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady Era, the Patriots have not reached the Super Bowl without securing the coveted first-round bye.," 31 Dec. 2019 Many Republicans latched on to the efforts to remove five Democratic lawmakers and the governor, hoping to re-energize a dejected base and prove Colorado hasn’t turned blue. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Top 10 Colorado politics stories of 2019: From our would-be presidents to bomb cyclones," 30 Dec. 2019 The loss was enough to send one dejected Browns fans to jump into Lake Erie following the loss. Allen Kim, CNN, "Browns fan goes on rant and jumps into Lake Erie after revenge loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers," 2 Dec. 2019 The four students, of varying ages, sat in the same dilapidated classroom without electricity, practicing everything from the alphabet to algebra as the school’s sole remaining teacher tried to encourage them with a dejected smile. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "Students Fainting From Hunger in Venezuela’s Failing School System," 30 Nov. 2019 The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, 39, lamented not being able to slip into a Versace gown on Twitter Thursday, sharing a photo of her looking dejected in a plunging, sparkly pink dress during a fashion fitting in her massive closet. Gabrielle Chung,, "Kim Kardashian Left a Little Dejected After a Versace Dress Doesn't Fit Her," 21 Nov. 2019 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

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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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10 Feb 2020

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“Dejected.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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