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.>
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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