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She is dejected but trying to look cheerful.
  sad and depressed (seemingly without hope)
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  • She is dejected but trying to look cheerful.
  • She is feeling dejected, but I think her world will look better after a good night’s sleep.
  • Lennie sat down on the ground and hung his head dejectedly.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • "I don’t have any money left," I said to her dejectedly.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember

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  • "I guess I do think about it occasionally," The Giver said. "I think about my own release when I’m in an awful lot of pain. I wish I could put in a request for it, sometimes. But I’m not permitted to do that until the new Receiver is trained."
    "Me," Jonas said in a dejected voice. He was not looking forward to the end of the training, when he would become the new Receiver.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • But no, my boss just said: I guess you know, unfortunately, why I called you in here, rubbing his eyes under his glasses, to show how weary and dejected he was.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • His absolute dejection was clear.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • But all I saw was his blond hair as he stared into his lap, his dejected frown the only thing visible.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • They elected Winslow to tell me this, and he stood in front of me with puppy dog eyes relaying the collective dejection of the group.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • …and famously inspire confidence in immature catfish, giving experience (and joy even); however, blowfish jeer insightful garfish, disparaging inappropriately, doing damage, even insulting benevolent, charming, jovial garfish, hurting and frustrating deeply; joy fades but hurt feelings bring just grief; inevitable irritation hastens feeling blue; however, jovial children declare happiness, blowfishes’ evil causes dejection, blues accordingly, always glorify jolly, friendly garfish!
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines

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  • She carried Evan to the second bedroom at the rear of the house, the kids’ room, with bright blue wallpaper and toys littering the floor and a mobile of the solar system hanging dejectedly from the ceiling.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • We walked out of the sideshow the way we’d come, dejected, past the now-empty stages, past the plain-looking boy, out of the tent and into the daylight.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Amy seemed dejected but resigned.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • When he finally did depart, alone, he was the picture of disappointment and dejection, with head and tail both held so low that he seemed to slink away.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • I let my shoulders slump, dejected.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Then he lifted his chin and attempted a grin that was almost painfully dejected.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • There was an expression of such dejection on her face that even to be in the room felt like intruding.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • "I don’t know, sir," Reynie said, his hopefulness slipping into dejection.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • "It seems to me that almost everything is a waste of time," he remarked one day as he walked dejectedly home from school.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • He looked so dejected, sad and tired that Hana and George didn’t argue.
    Karen Levine  --  Hana’s Suitcase
  • Stacey and Christopher-John left to change into their work clothes, but Little Man sat on the side bench looking totally dejected as he gazed at his pale-blue pants crusted with mud from the knees down.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • "Gee, Judge, I forgot," Sandy said dejectedly.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • I stood and watched them, the once confident troops now dejected prisoners of the Soviets.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Kris was sitting on the curb, cradling her head in her hands, a dejected look on her face.
    R.L. Stine  --  Goosebumps - Night of the Living Dummy
  • I tilt my head toward his and look at him dejectedly as he stands up and pulls his shirt back on.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • It’s hard to want a girl who looks at you like you’re a lost puppy she wants to take home and feed or a dejected child who needs to curl up in her lap and be coddled.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • If I look a little troubled, it is because just now, in that room, I became very dejected.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • At any rate, when Leslie and I made our way back to the beach the late-afternoon light, still quivering with heat waves, flooded the sand around the lifeguard tower from which the dejected group of analysands had now departed, leaving behind them a half-buried copy of Partisan Review, squeezed-out tubes of nose balm and a litter of Coke bottles.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Even the other girls, heartbroken as they are, sit back with only dejected shrugs.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Minho looked down, his eyes dejected.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • The crew was dejected—they wanted to go on looking.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Their chests and backs are splattered with blue and pink paint, and they look dejected.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Ender walked back into the room, looking dejected.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • They were dejected by their play, wounded by their coach’s comments, unsure of what to do next.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • As soon as she saw Hanna, sitting dejectedly on the bench with the cuffs still on her hands, she nodded.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • "That ship hated me," he said dejectedly, indicating the policecraft.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • They literally wiped the smiles off their races along with the sweat, and returned, dejected, to then* barracks.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • Crossing his lawn, I saw that his front door was still open and he was leaning against a table in the hall, heavy with dejection or sleep.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • My father was dejected about his sons leaving, and he drank more than before.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • I must have shaken my head again, for he sank back in his chair, looking limp and dejected.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • At that, Colton’s scowl melted into a dejected frown, and his shoulders slumped toward the floor.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Grover walked dejectedly toward us.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Yet notwithstanding all this, the boy grew more and more melancholy and pale and dejected.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Jasper stood by my feet dejected, his tail downcast, his pink tongue hanging from his mouth.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • On all sides they saw rain-soaked officers with dejected faces who seemed to be seeking something, and soldiers dragging doors, benches, and fencing from the village.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • They were all gone, and he walked right out and moved in wistful dejection through the dark, emptying streets.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The baronet stood for a minute looking after them, and then he walked slowly back the way that he had come, his head hanging, the very picture of dejection.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • _ But when I awaked, and found all these inexpressible impressions of joy entirely vanished, I fell into the greatest dejection of spirit imaginable.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • It was nearly nine o’clock when Squealer made his appearance, walking slowly and dejectedly, his eyes dull, his tail hanging limply behind him, and with every appearance of being seriously ill.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • A minute ago, the boy had looked the quiet child, mild, dejected creature that harsh treatment had made him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
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