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 Walking off the court after the loss to the Americans, a dejected Landale passed by the 72-year-old who soon would be his first NBA coach. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Oct. 2021 At the end of The Bicycle Thief, a dejected Ricci is faced with an excruciating moral dilemma. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 8 Oct. 2021 Monica, dejected and fragile, can’t be bothered talking to Linda, either. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 14 Sep. 2021 Her body language, at times, seemed dejected, as if defeat to her opponent, 18-year-old qualifier Leylah Fernandez, was inevitable. Alex Coffey, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2021 Hinds retired from swimming in 2016 after a 40th-place finish at the U.S. Olympic trials left her dejected and unmotivated. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 25 July 2021 Walt Weaver, the hall of fame volleyball coach who had spearheaded the effort to sanction boys' volleyball, spoke in dejected tones in the aftermath. Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 The dejected look on Anthony Davis captured his frustration. Larry Starks, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 As the dejected Knicks wound down the closing minute of their season on Wednesday night, the near-capacity crowd at Madison Square Garden rained cheers on them. New York Times, 3 June 2021

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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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“Dejected.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 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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