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tr.v. de·ject·ed, de·ject·ing, de·jects
To lower the spirits of; dishearten.

[Middle English dejecten, from Latin dēicere, dēiect-, to cast down : dē-, de- + iacere, to throw; see yē- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Psychology) (tr) to have a depressing effect on; dispirit; dishearten
archaic downcast; dejected
[C15: from Latin dēicere to cast down, from de- + iacere to throw]
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1. to depress the spirits of; dispirit: The bad news dejected me.
2. Archaic. dejected; downcast.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin dējectus, past participle of dējicere to throw down]
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Past participle: dejected
Gerund: dejecting

I deject
you deject
he/she/it dejects
we deject
you deject
they deject
I dejected
you dejected
he/she/it dejected
we dejected
you dejected
they dejected
Present Continuous
I am dejecting
you are dejecting
he/she/it is dejecting
we are dejecting
you are dejecting
they are dejecting
Present Perfect
I have dejected
you have dejected
he/she/it has dejected
we have dejected
you have dejected
they have dejected
Past Continuous
I was dejecting
you were dejecting
he/she/it was dejecting
we were dejecting
you were dejecting
they were dejecting
Past Perfect
I had dejected
you had dejected
he/she/it had dejected
we had dejected
you had dejected
they had dejected
I will deject
you will deject
he/she/it will deject
we will deject
you will deject
they will deject
Future Perfect
I will have dejected
you will have dejected
he/she/it will have dejected
we will have dejected
you will have dejected
they will have dejected
Future Continuous
I will be dejecting
you will be dejecting
he/she/it will be dejecting
we will be dejecting
you will be dejecting
they will be dejecting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dejecting
you have been dejecting
he/she/it has been dejecting
we have been dejecting
you have been dejecting
they have been dejecting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dejecting
you will have been dejecting
he/she/it will have been dejecting
we will have been dejecting
you will have been dejecting
they will have been dejecting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dejecting
you had been dejecting
he/she/it had been dejecting
we had been dejecting
you had been dejecting
they had been dejecting
I would deject
you would deject
he/she/it would deject
we would deject
you would deject
they would deject
Past Conditional
I would have dejected
you would have dejected
he/she/it would have dejected
we would have dejected
you would have dejected
they would have dejected
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.deject - lower someone's spirits; make downhearted; "These news depressed her"; "The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her"
chill - depress or discourage; "The news of the city's surrender chilled the soldiers"
discourage - deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


To make sad or gloomy:
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References in classic literature ?
A WAYFARING MAN, traveling in the desert, met a woman standing alone and terribly dejected. He inquired of her, "Who art thou?" "My name is Truth," she replied.
As Ahab now glided from the dejected Delight, the strange life-buoy hanging at the Pequod's stern came into conspicuous relief.
He that seeketh victory over his nature, let him not set himself too great, nor too small tasks; for the first will make him dejected by often failings; and the second will make him a small proceeder, though by often prevailings.
I was quite as dejected on the first working-day of my apprenticeship as in that after-time; but I am glad to know that I never breathed a murmur to Joe while my indentures lasted.
Pipt was there, and the Crooked Magician sat humped up in a chair, seeming very dejected but keeping his eyes fixed on the lifeless form of his wife Margolotte, whom he fondly loved but whom he now feared was lost to him forever.
I really felt very dejected at this not of course entirely unexpected rejection,--if one might use the word for a situation on which had just been set the seal of so unmistakable a kiss; but the vision in my heart seemed to smile at me in high and happy triumph.
When the reading of Denisov's virulent reply, which took more than an hour, was over, Rostov said nothing, and he spent the rest of the day in a most dejected state of mind amid Denisov's hospital comrades, who had round him, telling them what he knew and listening to their stories.
The young man's manner was dejected and there were black lines under his eyes.
Mrs Miller expressed great satisfaction in these declarations, in the sincerity of which she averred she had an entire faith; and now the remainder of the conversation past in the joint attempts of that good woman and Mr Nightingale to cheer the dejected spirits of Mr Jones, in which they so far succeeded as to leave him much better comforted and satisfied than they found him; to which happy alteration nothing so much contributed as the kind undertaking of Mrs Miller to deliver his letter to Sophia, which he despaired of finding any means to accomplish; for when Black George produced the last from Sophia, he informed Partridge that she had strictly charged him, on pain of having it communicated to her father, not to bring her any answer.
Exceedingly moody and dejected was the sorely wounded Don Quixote, with his face bandaged and marked, not by the hand of God, but by the claws of a cat, mishaps incidental to knight-errantry.
As our fate was now determined, and we were both on board, actually bound to Virginia, in the despicable quality of transported convicts destined to be sold for slaves, I for five years, and he under bonds and security not to return to England any more, as long as he lived, he was very much dejected and cast down; the mortification of being brought on board, as he was, like a prisoner, piqued him very much, since it was first told him he should transport himself, and so that he might go as a gentleman at liberty.
Sparsit in an undertone, and much dejected by the immorality of the people.