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.

Primary Meanings of rejection

the act of rejecting something
(medicine) an immunological response that refuses to accept substances or organisms that are recognized as foreign
Full Definitions of rejection

n the act of rejecting something

“his proposals were met with rejection
Babylonian Captivity
the deportation of the Jews to Babylonia by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC
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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
act of removing from office or employment
aversion, averting
the act of turning yourself (or your gaze) away
an avoidance of danger or difficulty
near thing
something that barely avoids failure or disaster
abandoning without shelter or protection (as by leaving as infant out in the open)
apostasy, tergiversation
the act of abandoning a party for cause
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
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
mild banishment; consignment to an inferior position
banishment into the country
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act, deed, human action, human activity
something that people do or cause to happen

n the state of being rejected

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
rejection by God; the state of being condemned to eternal misery in Hell
(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

n 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
(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

n (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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