from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Affected or marked by low spirits; dejected. synonym: depressed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Indicating depression of spirits; discouraged; dejected.
  • Spiritless; tame; wanting vigor: as, a poor, dispirited style.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Depressed in spirits; deprived of cheer or enthusiasm; disheartened; discouraged; daunted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of dispirit.
  • adjective Without energy, gusto or drive, enervated, without the will to accomplish, disheartened.

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

  • adjective filled with melancholy and despondency
  • adjective marked by low spirits; showing no enthusiasm


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