de·​jec·​tion | \ di-ˈjek-shən How to pronounce dejection (audio) , dē-\

Definition of dejection

: lowness of spirits

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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.

Examples of dejection in a Sentence

I find that ice cream often works wonders when trying to overcome dejection.

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Boston sports teams’ embarrassment of riches and trophies don’t inure us from dejection or disappointment. Globe Staff,, "To many, the Bruins’ loss is a rebalancing of the sports universe," 15 June 2019 The mood in the Bruins locker room Wednesday night was one of devastation, dejection, and disappointment. Nicole Yang,, "‘I’ll never get over this’: Inside the Bruins locker room after Game 7," 13 June 2019 Darwin identified disgust in chimps, dejection in dogs, and grief in elephants. David Scharfenberg,, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018 The Argentina superstar will end his career among the all-time greats of soccer, but after another major tournament ended in failure and dejection, the reality hit that his cupboard will remain empty of a World Cup trophy. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Messi comes up short again, new star arises as France eliminates Argentina at World Cup," 30 June 2018 After the game, Nawałka, via Gazeta pomorska, revealed his dejection at the way his side had performed, before taking full responsibility for his side's shortcomings., "Poland Boss Adam Nawałka Takes Full Responsibility Following Crushing 3-0 Defeat to Colombia," 25 June 2018 For all the disappointment and dejection of that day at Wembley back in 2016, a message was evoked from the very centre of the Palace end of the national stadium, a message that read 'This Mentality is Unstoppable'., "'This Mentality is Unstoppable': A Homage to That FA Cup Final Display and What it Means for Palace," 7 Feb. 2018 Perhaps even stronger than all the above is the psychological sense of dejection and withdrawal of political and military support from the opposition, leaving it to face the Russians and the Syrian regime alone. Asaad Hanna, Time, "Why Syrians Are Returning to Life Under Assad," 18 May 2018 Since all the teams that made it already were announced, the bracket rollout lacked the usual celebratory and dejection footage for the bubble team. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "New format for NCAA tournament selection show draws criticism," 11 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dejection

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dejection

: sadness that is caused by failure, loss, etc.


de·​jec·​tion | \ di-ˈjek-shən How to pronounce dejection (audio) \

Kids Definition of dejection

: a feeling of sadness


de·​jec·​tion | \ -ˈjek-shən How to pronounce dejection (audio) \

Medical Definition of dejection

1 : lowness of spirits : depression, melancholy
2a : the act or process of defecating

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