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

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 Resting a supportive hand on the shoulder of a slumping, dejected man, Adrian Feliciano encouraged him to talk with a mental health counselor — and brought one in — on a recent afternoon. Jennifer Peltz, ajc, 9 Mar. 2022 Valles watched from the sidelines after turning her ankle in the first half, and Burghardt and Pacheco shared a dejected embrace walking off the floor. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2022 Shiffrin’s Beijing race results were startling and newsworthy, and her dejected reactions to her falls were heartbreaking. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2022 Edwards at times struck a dejected tone during his meeting with the lawmakers. NBC News, 2 Feb. 2022 Minutes later, Gary walks out with a dejected look. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Jan. 2022 Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Affleck reflected on the infamous meme of him looking dejected while promoting Batman v Superman after the interviewer brought up the brutal reviews. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 10 Jan. 2022 England’s dejected players surely would rather just head back home and not have to suffer any more humiliation. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 With Christmas a mere couple of days away, the time to scour your local outlets for last-minute gifts has passed—but not all hope is lost for the dejected procrastinators out there. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Dejected.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for dejected


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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