Definitions for abjectˈæb dʒɛkt, æbˈdʒɛkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•jectˈæb dʒɛkt, æbˈdʒɛkt(adj.)

  1. utterly hopeless or wretched:

    abject poverty.

  2. contemptible; despicable:

    an abject coward.

  3. servile; submissive; slavish.

Origin of abject:

1400–50; late ME < L abjectus, ptp. of abicere, abjicere to hurl, throw down, debase =ab-ab-+-jicere, comb. form of jacere to throw


Princeton's WordNet

  1. abject, low, low-down, miserable, scummy, scurvy(adj)

    of the most contemptible kind

    "abject cowardice"; "a low stunt to pull"; "a low-down sneak"; "his miserable treatment of his family"; "You miserable skunk!"; "a scummy rabble"; "a scurvy trick"

  2. abject(adj)

    most unfortunate or miserable

    "the most abject slaves joined in the revolt"; "abject poverty"

  3. abject, unhopeful(adj)

    showing utter resignation or hopelessness

    "abject surrender"

  4. abject(adj)

    showing humiliation or submissiveness

    "an abject apology"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abject(adj)

    cast down; low-lying

  2. Abject(adj)

    sunk to a law condition; down in spirit or hope; degraded; servile; groveling; despicable; as, abject posture, fortune, thoughts

  3. Abject(adj)

    to cast off or down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower; to debase

  4. Abject(noun)

    a person in the lowest and most despicable condition; a castaway

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miserable; wretched

abject poverty.

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