Definitions

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

  • transitive verb To lower the spirits of; dishearten.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Downcast; low-spirited; wretched; dejected.
  • To cast or throw down: direct downward.
  • To abate; lower; diminish in force or amount.
  • To depress the spirits of; dispirit; discourage; dishearten: now chiefly in the past participle used adjectively. See dejected.
  • Synonyms To sadden, make despondent, afflict, grieve.

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

  • transitive verb Obs. or Archaic To cast down.
  • transitive verb To cast down the spirits of; to dispirit; to discourage; to dishearten.
  • adjective obsolete Dejected.

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  • verb transitive, rare Make sad or dispirited.

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

  • verb lower someone's spirits; make downhearted

Etymologies

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

[Middle English dejecten, from Latin dēicere, dēiect-, to cast down : dē-, de- + iacere, to throw; see yē- in Indo-European roots.]

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Latin deicere ("to throw down").

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