in low spirits

Also found in: Thesaurus.
Related to in low spirits: civic spirit, in good spirits, in high spirits
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: low spirits - in a dejected manner; "when she came back Sophie and Esther were sitting dejectedly in the kitchen"
References in classic literature ?
They reached their beasts in low spirits and bad humour enough, knight and squire, Sancho particularly, for with him what touched the stock of money touched his heart, and when any was taken from him he felt as if he was robbed of the apples of his eyes.
Dagley--a thin, worn woman, from whose life pleasure had so entirely vanished that she had not even any Sunday clothes which could give her satisfaction in preparing for church-- had already had a misunderstanding with her husband since he had come home, and was in low spirits, expecting the worst.
This head-gear, in conjunction with a pair of gloves worn within doors, she seemed to consider as at once a kind of armour against misfortune (invariably assuming it when in low spirits or difficulties), and as a species of full dress.