low-spirited

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj low-spirited filled with melancholy and despondency "gloomy at the thought of what he had to face","gloomy predictions","a gloomy silence","took a grim view of the economy","the darkening mood","lonely and blue in a strange city","depressed by the loss of his job","a dispirited and resigned expression on her face","downcast after his defeat","feeling discouraged and downhearted"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Low-spirited Deficient in animation and courage; dejected; depressed; dispirited; not sprightly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • low-spirited Having low spirits; without animation and courage; dejected; depressed; not lively or sprightly. Synonyms Dispirited, disheartened, discouraged, desponding, cast down, downhearted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Low-spirited having the spirits low or cast down: not lively: sad
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. lágr, Dut. laag, low; allied to A.S. licgan, to lie.

Usage

In literature:

The whole group appeared low-spirited and tired.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
On coming among his old friends the Makololo, he found them in low spirits owing to protracted drought, and Sekeletu was ill of leprosy.
"The Personal Life Of David Livingstone" by William Garden Blaikie
Bowman tried to recover his spirits, but they were at low ebb.
"Scattergood Baines" by Clarence Budington Kelland
But, though Gay was better in health, his spirits were low.
"Life And Letters Of John Gay (1685-1732)" by Lewis Melville
He used to have periods of low spirits.
"The Visionary" by Jonas Lie
Yet surely your ill-health and low spirits just as surely vitiate your judgment?
"Prose Fancies (Second Series)" by Richard Le Gallienne
She also was growing gradually more low-spirited, and at last she shuddered like himself.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
All the party seemed low-spirited, and trudged along in silence.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
It is not often I feel in low spirits, but for once one could not help thinking.
"One of the 28th" by G. A. Henty
His spirits were exceedingly low.
"His Family" by Ernest Poole
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In poetry:

And melancholy music swept
With cadence low and sweet,
Such as ascends when spirit-wings
Around a death-bed meet.
"The Highland Girl's Lament" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
"In the third night-watch I heard,
Far and low, a spirit-bird;
Very mournful, very wild,
Sang the totem of my child.
"The Truce of Piscataqua" by John Greenleaf Whittier
To startle and to puzzle him,
Who never knew their force,
Because his unfreed spirit kept
A low and shackl'd course.
"Ode To Man" by Thomas Frederick Young
Four stars burn up and are unquelled
By the low, shrunken moon;
Her spirit draws her down and down--
She shall be buried soon.
"Night" by Duncan Campbell Scott
My Mother, when life's sands run low,
In love, in kindness come,
And take the spirit of thy child,
And bid her "welcome home."
"Mrs. Louise B. Weston" by Mary Weston Fordham
When Eve, her dewy star beneath,
Thy balmy spirit loves to breathe,
And every storm is laid;
If such an hour was e'er thy choice,
Oft let me hear thy soothing voice
Low whispering thro' the shade.
"Hymn To Content" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld

In news:

Your spirits can get low while you're stuck lying down.
The rover team anticipated Spirit would go into a low-power " hibernation " mode since the rover was not able to get to a favorable slope for its fourth martian winter.
Every game system, from Nintendo to 3DO, has its arcade-style games, tries to reproduce the spirit of that darkened room on low-definition monitors and sluggish PC's.
Restaurants lacking a hard liquor license have been slaking the thirsts of Cocktail Nation by mixing up drinks based on one low-proof spirit or another, with questionable results.
Compared to spirits, they're relatively low in alcohol and blend well with many different flavors, lending themselves as perfect base ingredients.
Low Spirits Sap Champagne Sales.
HENDERSON COUNTY, Ky. Last week I started my search for the Christmas spirit, looking high and low.
Glenn Timmons, his bride and a couple of friends flew to Las Vegas in May on low-fare Spirit Airlines.
Despite the low cost for tickets and the biting cold, team spirit still seemed to be high during Saturday's game against Purdue.
Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines is among the top 16 contenders for the title of "Worst Company in America," according to Consumerist.com, which tracks consumer issues.
The surprise hit from Paramount Pictures debuted well above industry expectations as horror fans crowded theaters for the low-budget tale about exorcists trying to free a woman possessed by evil spirits.
The low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines announced Thursday plans to move up the start dates for its 2013 seasonal service to and from Myrtle Beach, S.C.
As London's 'priest to the stars,' Atonement Father Michael Seed takes Christ to people in places both high and low in the spirit of St Francis.
Terrible record reviews and half-empty stadiums for their gigantic production brought the band's spirits to an all-time low.
Spirit Airlines, Inc () is an American ultra low-cost carrier headquartered in Miramar, Florida, in the Miami metropolitan area.
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In science:

We state the fol lowing result as an example, in the spirit of Subsection 5.1 above.
On the dynamics of trap models in Z^d
In this spirit, I will attempt to apply the general lessons string theory teaches about naturalness to more conventional problems of low energy supersymmetry and grand unification.
String Theory: Lessons for Low Energy Physics
Paradoxically, this is possible even though one keeps both short- and long-wavelength modes of the light fields in the low-energy theory when dimensionally regularizing, which seems to contradict the spirit of what a low-energy effective theory is.
Quantum Gravity and Precision Tests
Their proposal is in spirit very close to that of chiral perturbation theory , which is an effective description of QCD at low energies.
Universality of correction to Luescher term in Polchinski-Strominger effective string theories
In the same spirit to the proof of Proposition 2, we first derive the low bound for κ.
One Dimensional Conformal Metric Flows
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