rejection

The noun rejection can refer to the actual act of rejecting something or to the feeling one has after being rejected. In other words, you might have feelings of rejection after experiencing the rejection of others.

The Latin noun rēicere, which means "to throw back," is the ancestor of the word rejection. Nobody likes to feel the rejection of being excluded. The word rejection became popular in psychology in 1931, when parental rejection was seen as a motivation of bad behavior in children. The word found a medical meaning by 1943, as the body's refusal to accept a transplant.

Definitions of rejection
  1. noun
    the act of rejecting something
    “his proposals were met with rejection
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    Babylonian Captivity
    the deportation of the Jews to Babylonia by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC
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    brush-off
    a curt or disdainful rejection
    avoidance, dodging, shunning, turning away
    deliberately avoiding; keeping away from or preventing from happening
    abandonment, desertion, forsaking
    the act of giving something up
    forgoing, forswearing, renunciation
    the act of renouncing; sacrificing or giving up or surrendering (a possession or right or title or privilege etc.)
    nonacceptance, turndown
    the act of refusing an offer
    banishment, proscription
    rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone
    displacement
    act of removing from office or employment
    aversion, averting
    the act of turning yourself (or your gaze) away
    escape
    an avoidance of danger or difficulty
    near thing
    something that barely avoids failure or disaster
    exposure
    abandoning without shelter or protection (as by leaving as infant out in the open)
    apostasy, tergiversation
    the act of abandoning a party for cause
    bolt
    a sudden abandonment (as from a political party)
    forsaking, giving up
    the act of forsaking
    abnegation, denial, self-abnegation, self-denial, self-renunciation
    renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
    anathematisation, anathematization
    the formal act of pronouncing (someone or something) accursed
    disbarment
    the act of expelling a lawyer from the practice of law
    ejection, exclusion, expulsion, riddance
    the act of forcing out someone or something
    deportation, exile, expatriation, transportation
    the act of expelling a person from their native land
    excision, excommunication
    the act of banishing a member of a church from the communion of believers and the privileges of the church; cutting a person off from a religious society
    relegation
    mild banishment; consignment to an inferior position
    rustication
    banishment into the country
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    act, deed, human action, human activity
    something that people do or cause to happen
  2. noun
    the state of being rejected
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    acceptance
    the state of being acceptable and accepted
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    apostasy, defection, renunciation
    the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)
    disfavor, disfavour
    the state of being out of favor
    censure, exclusion, excommunication
    the state of being excommunicated
    reprobation
    rejection by God; the state of being condemned to eternal misery in Hell
    wilderness
    (politics) a state of disfavor
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    situation, state of affairs
    the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time
  3. noun
    the speech act of rejecting
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    renunciation, repudiation
    rejecting or disowning or disclaiming as invalid
    rebuff, repulse, snub
    an instance of driving away or warding off
    short shrift, summary treatment
    a brief and unsympathetic rejection
    disclaimer
    (law) a voluntary repudiation of a person's legal claim to something
    disowning, disownment
    refusal to acknowledge as one's own
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    speech act
    the use of language to perform some act
  4. noun
    (medicine) an immunological response that refuses to accept substances or organisms that are recognized as foreign
    rejection of the transplanted liver”
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    organic phenomenon
    (biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals
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