- (context, transitive, obsolete) To make sad, to upset.
Etymology: From Old (and modern) French contrister, from Latin contristare, from con- + tristis "sad".
- 1761: with such weak nerves and spirits, and in the condition I am in at present, "twould be as much as my life was worth, to deject and myself with so bad and melancholy an account " Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, vol. 3 (Penguin 2003, p. 179)
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