Definition of Abject

1. Adjective. Of the most contemptible kind. "A scurvy trick"

Exact synonyms: Low, Low-down, Miserable, Scummy, Scurvy
Similar to: Contemptible



2. Adjective. Most unfortunate or miserable. "Abject poverty"
Similar to: Unfortunate

3. Adjective. Showing utter resignation or hopelessness. "Abject surrender"
Exact synonyms: Unhopeful
Similar to: Hopeless

4. Adjective. Showing humiliation or submissiveness. "An abject apology"
Similar to: Submissive

Definition of Abject

1. a. Cast down; low- lying.

2. v. t. To cast off or down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower; to debase.

3. n. A person in the lowest and most despicable condition; a castaway.

Definition of Abject

1. Adjective. Sunk to or existing in a low condition or state. ¹

2. Adjective. To cast down in spirit or hope; degraded; servile; grovelling; Offered in a humble and often ingratiating spirit. ¹

3. Adjective. Showing utter hopelessness; helplessness; showing resignation. ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) A person in the lowest and most despicable condition; a castaway; outcast. ¹

5. Verb. (context: transitive obsolete) To cast off or out; to reject. ¹

6. Verb. (context: transitive obsolete) To cast down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower; to debase. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Abject

1. sunk to a low condition [adj] : ABJECTLY [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Abject

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abject (current term)
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Literary usage of Abject

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1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"1983 abject Nickles 1974 and Safire (NY Times, Sept. 1984) call the phrase abject poverty a cliché. Our evidence shows that abject is frequently used to ..."

2. English Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order: With Copious by George Crabb (1881)
"abject expresses more than either of the others, for it denotes the lowest ... abject, as a characteristic, is applied particularly to the spirit. ..."

3. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes by Robert Burton (1836)
"... farewell Timón; none so ugly, none so deformed, so odious an abject "Tis the generall humour of the world ; commodity steers our affections throughout; ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1831)
"The forms of the constitution, which alleviated or disguised their abject slavery, were abolished by time and violence ; the Italians alternately lamented ..."

5. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1909)
"The French suffered in a skirmish at St. Aubin, and retired without relieving the place, which surrendered to the duke. The garrison made an abject ..."

6. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1890)
"... need be required than their abject submission to mission rule, enforced as it was at each mission by the pit of two or three priests and only a ..."

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