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

  • transitive v. To lower the spirits of; dishearten.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Make sad or dispirited.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cast down.
  • transitive v. To cast down the spirits of; to dispirit; to discourage; to dishearten.
  • adj. Dejected.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • Downcast; low-spirited; wretched; dejected.

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

  • v. lower someone's spirits; make downhearted

Etymologies

Middle English dejecten, from Latin dēicere, dēiect-, to cast down : dē-, de- + iacere, to throw; see yē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin deicere ("to throw down"). (Wiktionary)

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