Definition of abject in English:

abject

Line breaks: ab¦ject
Pronunciation: /ˈabdʒɛkt
 
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adjective

  • 1(Of something bad) experienced or present to the maximum degree: his letter plunged her into abject misery abject poverty
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    • People are having fun in this town, it's not all poverty and abject misery.
    • A small exploitative class of intermediaries benefited enormously from the neocolonial relationship, but the masses were sunk in abject poverty and misery.
    • The setting is one of abject poverty and misery, yet the upbeat caption tells us that even victims of disaster need a good shoeshine.
  • 1.1(Of a situation or condition) extremely unpleasant and degrading: the abject condition of the peasants
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    • One never knows why these people are thrown into a society where there is no development and these people are living in horrendous conditions of abject poverty.
    • I remember Mississippi tin shacks - those were abject conditions.
    • Few will dispute that a person in abject condition suffers a profound affront to his sense of dignity and intrinsic worth.
    Synonyms
    wretched, miserable, hopeless, pathetic, pitiful, pitiable, piteous, stark, sorry, forlorn, woeful, lamentable, degrading, appalling, atrocious, awful

Derivatives

abjection

noun
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  • His intensely physical lead performance careens from raving belligerence to groveling abjection.
  • Immediately we turn to expressions of hope and faith, of God's history of faithfulness, before turning to words of abjection and humility.
  • He can't bear the fact that ‘the deception and abjection that filled his own soul was what he saw also in others, always.’

abjectly

adverb
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  • Three days later they played abjectly in Croatia and lost 1-0.
  • You can't have a show called Politically Incorrect and then abjectly apologize for not being PC.
  • About time all those who voted for him abjectly expressed their apologies to the coming generation of young citizens.

abjectness

noun
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  • He must shoulder some responsibility for the abjectness of the past season.
  • United's abjectness was pivotal to them being routed by Rangers on Wednesday.
  • Is there no limit to the abjectness of the Church's response to terror?

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'rejected'): from Latin abjectus, past participle of abicere 'reject', from ab- 'away' + jacere 'to throw'.

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