- v lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
- Percy Hammond: "Beautifully 'a lady most deject and wretched,' she intones the bitter honeyed lines as if they were her own, and Ophelia's, not alone Shakespeare's.
- Write on your doors the saying wise and old, "Be bold! Be bold!" and everywhere "Be bold;" "Be not too bold!" Yet better the excess Than the deject; better the.