de·ject·ed | \di-ˈjek-təd, 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

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Some of the most dejected responded on social media with obscenities. Washington Post, "Kennedy retirement guaranteed to ratchet up midterm rhetoric," 29 June 2018 After the match, Mexico’s coach, Juan Carlos Osorio, looked dejected. Andrew Keh And James Wagner, New York Times, "Mexico Loses to Sweden. Mexico Advances. Celebrate?," 28 June 2018 Time for Domodedovo Airport Peru's Paolo Guerrero looks dejected after a match. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "How World Cup Group Play Is Shaking Out," 24 June 2018 Ranz, who was once elated by the case’s prospects, now seemed dejected. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 June 2018 And perhaps most importantly for the majors, he never gets too pumped up nor too dejected. Daniel Rapaport,, "FORE Questions: Breaking Down an Eventful U.S. Open at Shinnecock," 19 June 2018 After a brief cooldown period in the locker room, the Hoosiers returned to the bench and slumped there, defeated and dejected. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Under-appreciated Robert Johnson finally feels the love from IU fans," 24 Feb. 2018 Like all his Brazil teammates, Roberto Firmino may still be feeling dejected, after the Samba Boys were eliminated from the FIFA World Cup by Belgium in the quarter final., "VIDEO: Liverpool Fans Come up With Hilarious New Chant in Honour of Brazil World Cup Star," 9 July 2018 But all the outrage still left Hernandez, the mother, dejected. Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, "Democrats and protesters rally in Houston against family separations at the border," 1 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of dejected

: sad because of failure, loss, etc.


de·ject·ed | \di-ˈjek-təd \

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 \

Medical Definition of dejected 

: cast down in spirits : depressed

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