Definition of dejection
: lowness of spirits
Examples of dejection in a Sentence
I find that ice cream often works wonders when trying to overcome dejection.
Recent Examples of dejection from the Web
A history of dejection Cleveland has had enough memorable defeats.
A history of dejectionCleveland has had enough memorable defeats.
The circumstances by which the cat was discovered seem only to add to the sense of dejection created by the cat’s ordeal.
Dr. Harden’s face was sunk in his hands in an attitude of profound dejection.
This was another loss and another night that ended in dejection.
But then came the day reserved for football, the day synonymous around these parts with dejection and despair, because on Sundays, the Browns lose.
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Did You Know?
Based partly on the Latin iacere, "to throw", dejection means literally "cast down"—that is, "downcast". Like melancholy, gloom, and even sadness, dejection seems to have been declining in use for many years; instead, we now seem to prefer depression (whose roots mean basically "a pressing down"). Since depression is also the word used by doctors, lots of people now assume that anyone depressed should be taking an antidepressant; if we went back to dejected and dejection, we might not be so quick to make that assumption.
First Known Use of dejection
DEJECTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dejection for English Language Learners
: sadness that is caused by failure, loss, etc.
DEJECTION Defined for Kids
Definition of dejection for Students
: a feeling of sadness
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