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1. A casting down; depression.

2. The act of humbling or abasing one's self. Adoration implies submission and dejection. (bp. Pearson)

3. Lowness of spirits occasioned by grief or misfortune; mental depression; melancholy. What besides, Of sorrow, and dejection, and despair, Our frailty can sustain, thy tidings bring. (Milton)

4. A low condition; weakness; inability. A dejection of appetite. (Arbuthnot)

5. (Science: physiology) The discharge of excrement. Faeces; excrement.

Origin: L. Dejectio a casting down: cf. F. Dejection. Solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels.