deject early 15c., "to throw or cast down," from O.Fr. dejeter (12c.), from L. deiectus "a throwing down, felling, fall," pp. of deicere "to cast down, destroy; drive out; kill, slay, defeat," from de- "down" + -icere, comb. form of iacere "to throw" (see JET (Cf. jet) (v.)). Originally literal; the sense of "depress in spirit" is c.1500.

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  • Deject — De*ject , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dejected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dejecting}.] [L. dejectus, p. p. of dejicere to throw down; de + jacere to throw. See {Jet} a shooting forth.] 1. To cast down. [Obs. or Archaic] [1913 Webster] Christ dejected himself… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Deject — De*ject , a. [L. dejectus, p. p.] Dejected. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deject — index depress, discourage Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • deject — vb *discourage, dishearten, dispirit Analogous words: *depress, weigh, oppress: distress, *trouble Antonyms: exhilarate: cheer …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • deject — [dē jekt′, dijekt′] vt. [ME dejecten < L dejectus, pp. of dejicere < de , down + jacere, to throw: see JET1] to cast down in spirit; dishearten; depress adj. Archaic dejected …   English World dictionary

  • deject — verb [usu. as adjective dejected] make sad or dispirited. Derivatives dejectedly adverb dejection noun Origin ME: from L. deject , deicere throw down , from de down + jacere to throw …   English new terms dictionary

  • deject — I. adjective Date: 15th century archaic dejected II. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, to throw down, from Latin dejectus, past participle of deicere, from de + jacere to throw more at jet Date: 1581 to make gloomy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • deject — /di jekt /, v.t. 1. to depress the spirits of; dispirit; dishearten: Such news dejects me. adj. 2. Archaic. dejected; downcast. [1375 1425; late ME dejecten (v.) < L dejectus (ptp. of dejicere to throw down), equiv. to de DE + jec , comb. form of …   Universalium

  • deject — verb Make sad or dispirited. I pitied poor Miss Reads unfortunate situation. She was generally dejected, seldom cheerful, and avoided company Benjamin Franklin …   Wiktionary

  • deject — Synonyms and related words: beat down, cast down, chill, damp, dampen, dampen the spirits, darken, dash, demoralize, depress, discourage, dishearten, disparage, dispirit, knock down, lower, lower the spirits, oppress, press down, sadden, sink,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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