Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 837 (Dejection)

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#837. Dejection. -- N. dejection; dejectedness &c. adj.; depression, prosternation|; lowness of spirits, depression of spirits; weight on the spirits, oppression on the spirits, damp on the spirits; low spirits, bad spirits, drooping spirits, depressed spirits; heart sinking; heaviness of heart, failure of heart.

heaviness &c. adj.; infestivity[obs], gloom; weariness &c. 841; taedium vitae, disgust of life; mal du pays &c. (regret) 833; anhedonia[obs].

melancholy; sadness &c. adj.; il penseroso[It], melancholia, dismals[obs], blues, lachrymals[obs], mumps[obs], dumps, blue devils, doldrums; vapors, megrims, spleen, horrors, hypochondriasis[Med], pessimism; la maladie sans maladie [Fr]; despondency, slough of Despond; disconsolateness &c. adj.; hope deferred, blank despondency; voiceless woe.

prostration of soul; broken heart; despair &c. 859; cave of despair, cave of Trophonius

demureness &c. adj.; gravity, solemnity; long face, grave face.

hypochondriac, seek sorrow, self-tormentor, heautontimorumenos[obs], malade imaginaire[Fr], medecin tant pis[Fr]; croaker, pessimist; mope, mopus[obs].

[Cause of dejection] affliction &c. 830; sorry sight; memento mori[Lat]; damper, wet blanket, Job's comforter.

V. be dejected &c. adj.; grieve; mourn &c. (lament) 839; take on, give way, lose heart, despond, droop, sink.

lower, look downcast, frown, pout; hang down the head; pull a long face, make a long face; laugh on the wrong side of the mouth; grin a ghastly smile; look blue, look like a drowned man; lay to heart, take to heart.

mope, brood over; fret; sulk; pine, pine away; yearn; repine &c. (regret) 833; despair &c. 859.

refrain from laughter, keep one's countenance; be grave, look grave &c. adj.; repress a smile.

depress; discourage, dishearten; dispirit; damp, dull, deject, lower, sink, dash, knock down, unman, prostrate, break one's heart; frown upon; cast a gloom, cast a shade on; sadden; damp one's hopes, dash one's hopes, wither one's hopes; weigh on the mind, lie heavy on the mind, prey on the mind, weigh on the spirits, lie heavy on the spirits, prey on the spirits; damp the spirits, depress the spirits.

Adj. cheerless, joyless, spiritless; uncheerful, uncheery[obs]; unlively[obs]; unhappy &c. 828; melancholy, dismal, somber, dark, gloomy, triste[Fr], clouded, murky, lowering, frowning, lugubrious, funereal, mournful, lamentable, dreadful.

dreary, flat; dull, dull as a beetle, dull as ditchwater[obs]; depressing &c. v.

"melancholy as a gib cat"; oppressed with melancholy, a prey to melancholy; downcast, downhearted; down in the mouth, down in one;s luck; heavy-hearted; in the dumps, down in the dumps, in the suds, in the sulks, in the doldrums; in doleful dumps, in bad humor; sullen; mumpish[obs], dumpish, mopish[obs], moping; moody, glum; sulky &c. (discontented) 832; out of sorts, out of humor, out of heart, out of spirits; ill at ease, low spirited, in low spirits, a cup too low; weary &c. 841; discouraged, disheartened; desponding; chapfallen[obs], chopfallen[obs], jaw fallen, crest fallen.

sad, pensive, penseroso[It], tristful[obs]; dolesome[obs], doleful; woebegone; lacrymose, lachrymose, in tears, melancholic, hypped[obs], hypochondriacal, bilious, jaundiced, atrabilious[obs], saturnine, splenetic; lackadaisical.

serious, sedate, staid, stayed; grave as a judge, grave as an undertaker, grave as a mustard pot; sober, sober as a judge, solemn, demure; grim; grim-faced, grim-visaged; rueful, wan, long-faced.

disconsolate; unconsolable, inconsolable; forlorn, comfortless, desolate, desole[Fr], sick at heart; soul sick, heart sick; au desespoir[Fr]; in despair &c. 859; lost.

overcome; broken down, borne down, bowed down; heartstricken &c (mental suffering) 828[obs]; cut up, dashed, sunk; unnerved, unmanned; down fallen, downtrodden; broken-hearted; careworn.

Adv. with a long face, with tears in one's eyes; sadly &c. adj.

Phr. the countenance falling; the heart failing, the heart sinking within one; "a plague of sighing and grief" [Henry IV]; " thick-ey'd musing and curs'd melancholy" [Henry IV]; " the sickening pang of hope deferred" [Scott].