deject v : lower someone's spirits; make downhearted; "These news depressed her"; "The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her" [syn: depress, cast down, get down, dismay, dispirit, demoralize, demoralise] [ant: elate]
EtymologyLatin deicere 'to throw down'.
- Rhymes: -ɛkt
- 1927 Harold Victor Routh: God, Man, & Epic Poetry: A Study
in Comparative Literature
- Vergil succeeds in filling Hades with all that depresses and dejects in his world, so that Aeneas encounters the causes of Augustan pessimism.
- 1933 Arthur Melville Jordan: Educational Psychology (page 60)
- On the other hand, there is nothing which dejects school children quite so much as failure.