Definition of dejection in English:



  • A sad and depressed state; low spirits.

    ‘he was slumped in deep dejection’
    • ‘And, as I stood there in silent dejection, I thought that the whole experience was so utterly, utterly typical of this Government.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nat's face was set, his usually warm, soft expression was hard and chilly, his cloudy eyes hinting at sorrow and dejection.’
    • ‘That feeling of dejection could be very depressing for a child if he is not able to establish a relationship he wants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All of the fight went out of him and he settled on the brick ledge, his shoulders slumped in dejection.’
    • ‘At the very least, there is no reason for dejection.’
    • ‘Depression refers to a state of dejection, loneliness, and hopelessness.’
    • ‘For most of the evening, until Dean hit the stage, the crowd rested somewhere between disappointment and dejection.’
    • ‘Tiredness might have played its part, but the sense of dejection and depression emanating from the studio clouded the whole broadcast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Celebration time for the players in sky blue, dejection, utter dejection, for the gallant Gaeltacht.’
    • ‘His heart sank and the disappointment and utter dejection he felt was sharp and foreign.’
    • ‘In the rare moments when the self-reproach would ease up, grief or dejection would engulf him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sense of dejection was palpable from the club.’
    • ‘You can feel the raw pain radiating off her; the despair and dejection are thick in the air about her.’
    • ‘But their elation turned to dejection as their opponents snatched victory from them in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out.’
    • ‘His legs gave out from under him and he sank to his knees, his whole form shaking, his shoulders slumped with pure dejection.’
    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).