V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: gloomy and lacking hope, especially because of disappointment

Synonyms: despairing, despondent, discouraged, crestfallen, depressed, disconsolate, doleful, downcast, morose, melancholy, miserable

Antonyms: exhilarated, cheery

Tips: Dejected comes from the Latin word dejectus, "to throw down." If you are dejected, some event has "thrown you down" from a good mood into a bad one. But the word implies more than mere unhappiness; it also carries a connotation of extreme sadness because of hopelessness.

Usage Examples:

Tim could tell by Anne's dejected look that her parents had decided not to allow her to attend the prom. (miserable, despondent)

Don't be so dejected; it's a small problem, not the end of the world. (crestfallen)

I felt dejected when I didn't get the job I really wanted. (discouraged, crestfallen)

Although she was dejected by the bad news, she tried to look cheerful, because she didn't want to worry anyone. (depressed, downcast)

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