Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state of being dejected; low spirits.
  • n. Evacuation of the intestinal tract; defecation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a state of melancholy or depression; low spirits, the blues
  • n. The act of humbling or abasing oneself.
  • n. A low condition; weakness; inability.
  • n. Defecation or feces.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A casting down; depression.
  • n. The act of humbling or abasing one's self.
  • n. Lowness of spirits occasioned by grief or misfortune; mental depression; melancholy.
  • n. A low condition; weakness; inability.
  • n.
  • n. The discharge of excrement.
  • n. Fæces; excrement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of casting down; a casting down; prostration.
  • n. Depression; diminution.
  • n. In medicine: Fecal discharge; evacuation.
  • n. The matter discharged or voided; dejecta: often in the plural: as, the dejections of cholera; watery dejections.
  • n. 4. The state of being downcast; depression or lowness of spirits; melancholy.
  • n. In astrology, the house furthest removed from the exaltation of a planet.
  • n. In geology, volcanic debris; a sediment of volcanic origin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a state of melancholy depression
  • n. solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels

Etymologies

From Latin dejectio ("a casting down"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Those most disillusioned by Blair's career are those who believed he really was something quite out of the ordinary: the dejection is the greater because he promised so much. —

    The Paradoxical Case of Tony Blair

  • Holmqvist was left bowed forward on his knees in dejection, his helmet touching the ice, after the game-winner.

    USATODAY.com

  • If he was off by more than ten minutes he would fain dejection and wouldn't feel right about himself until the next time I quizzed him and he guessed within the window.

    All we need is Blog?

  • [Page 103] been surprised to feel, not only cheerfulness, but hilarity returning to my heart from no apparent cause, and when circumstances which had plunged me in dejection remain unchanged.

    Memoirs, Correspondence and Poetical Remains of Jane Taylor

  • Lionel in dejection was as sad as it was new to her, and she resolved, in conjunction with Camilla, to spare him till the next day, when his feelings might be less acute.

    Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

  • To her, however, his dejection was a revival; she read in it her power, and hoped her present plan would finally confirm it.

    Camilla

  • The dejection, which is the opposite quality to this sort of pride, may be defined as pain arising from the false opinion, whereby a man may think himself inferior to his fellows.

    The Ethics

  • Grief, from opinion of want of power, is called dejection of mind.

    Leviathan

  • His face wore that perpetual look of peevish dejection, which is so sourly printed on all faces of

    Crime and Punishment

  • His face wore that perpetual look of peevish dejection, which is so sourly printed on all faces of Jewish race without exception.

    Chapter VI. Part VI

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