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

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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 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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