Definition of dejection in English:



  • [mass noun] A sad and depressed state; low spirits.

    ‘he was slumped in deep dejection’
    • ‘Tiredness might have played its part, but the sense of dejection and depression emanating from the studio clouded the whole broadcast.’
    • ‘Celebration time for the players in sky blue, dejection, utter dejection, for the gallant Gaeltacht.’
    • ‘You can feel the raw pain radiating off her; the despair and dejection are thick in the air about her.’
    • ‘That feeling of dejection could be very depressing for a child if he is not able to establish a relationship he wants.’
    • ‘They had made promises, but what has happened, what we have seen and experienced has plunged us into dejection and despair.’
    • ‘Putting his elbows on his knees, he leaned forward slightly, holding his face in his hands, his shoulders slumped in complete dejection.’
    • ‘All of the fight went out of him and he settled on the brick ledge, his shoulders slumped in dejection.’
    • ‘The distinguishing mental features of melancholia are a profoundly painful dejection, abrogation of interest in the outside world, loss of the capacity to love, inhibition of all activity.’
    • ‘His legs gave out from under him and he sank to his knees, his whole form shaking, his shoulders slumped with pure dejection.’
    • ‘In the rare moments when the self-reproach would ease up, grief or dejection would engulf him.’
    • ‘His heart sank and the disappointment and utter dejection he felt was sharp and foreign.’
    • ‘For most of the evening, until Dean hit the stage, the crowd rested somewhere between disappointment and dejection.’
    • ‘Nat's face was set, his usually warm, soft expression was hard and chilly, his cloudy eyes hinting at sorrow and dejection.’
    • ‘The one thing I know I could describe is the rollercoaster ride that your feelings experience, from abject dejection at diagnosis to jubilation at a positive blood count.’
    • ‘The sense of dejection was palpable from the club.’
    • ‘But their elation turned to dejection as their opponents snatched victory from them in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out.’
    • ‘And, as I stood there in silent dejection, I thought that the whole experience was so utterly, utterly typical of this Government.’
    • ‘Depression refers to a state of dejection, loneliness, and hopelessness.’
    • ‘At the very least, there is no reason for dejection.’
    • ‘But, just as there were celebrations, so too was there a feeling of dejection and loss among those who had worked hard to block the bill.’
    despondency, depression, downheartedness, dispiritedness, disconsolateness, disappointment, discouragement, desolation, despair, heavy-heartedness, unhappiness, sadness, sorrowfulness, sorrow, dolefulness, melancholy, misery, forlornness, wretchedness, glumness, gloom, gloominess, low spirits
    the blues, the dumps
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Late Middle English: from Latin dejectio(n-), from deicere throw down (see deject).