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 On the last night of the festival, a dejected Nira is finally plucked from the box, exposing her fractured frame. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "An L.A. filmmaker never had Hanukkah movies growing up. So he wrote his own," 17 Dec. 2020 Or when a family departs for Britain, only to get caught by the police, coming back to Maison Sésame feeling dejected. Washington Post, "Four years after it became a symbol of Europe’s failures, migrants are still stranded in Calais," 14 Dec. 2020 That defense is just too depleted and too dejected. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Does Greg Sankey have his finger on the red button?," 19 Nov. 2020 Coach Mike McCarthy said the moves was meant to create playing time for younger members of the team, not to send a message to a dejected roster. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Even Cowboys Get the Blues," 26 Oct. 2020 Heading into Sunday’s game against a dejected Jets team, who had been battling some injuries on defense, the Dolphins were averaging just 3.7 yards per carry, which ranks 30th. Omar Kelly,, "Kelly: Myles Gaskin says Dolphins' wandering eye didn’t inspire his career game vs. Jets | Commentary," 18 Oct. 2020 Markets seemed dejected that a vaccine will likely not be available to most of the American public until sometime in the middle of next year, said Kristina Hooper, chief global market strategist at Invesco. Washington Post, "Stocks slide in broad sell-off; Dow tumbles more than 800 points," 21 Sep. 2020 Or among quiet, dejected fans as the Mavericks blew their lead and lost to the Rockets in overtime in that opener. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "No NBA bubble access, no problem: Behind the scenes of the Mavs’ remote TV and radio broadcast operations," 5 Aug. 2020 Instead, the dejected 24-year-old returned to the bus and penned a July 1992 journal entry that cast an ominous shadow over his return. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, "Iconic “Into the Wild” Bus Removed from Alaska Trail," 19 June 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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The first known use of dejected was in 1581

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30 Dec 2020

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“Dejected.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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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