What does abject mean?

Definitions for abjectˈæb dʒɛkt, æbˈdʒɛkt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word abject.

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"


  1. abject(a.)

    Humiliating; degrading; wretched; -- of situations; as, abject poverty.

  2. Origin: [L. abjectus, p. p. of abjicere to throw away; ab + jacere to throw. See Jet a shooting forth.]

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

  5. Origin: [L. abjectus, p. p. of abjicere to throw away; ab + jacere to throw. See Jet a shooting forth.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abject

    ab-jekt′, v.t. (obs.) to throw or cast down or away. [L. abjicĕre, -jectumab, away, jacĕre, to throw.]

  2. Abject

    ab′jekt, adj. cast away: mean: worthless: cowering: base.—n. an outcast.—ns. Abjec′tion, Ab′jectness, a mean or low state: baseness: degradation.—adv. Ab′jectly. [L. abjectus, cast away—ab, away, jacĕre, to throw.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abject in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abject in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. North Carolina:

    Abject terror, climb up the nearest tree.

  2. Herr Lipp:

    The absence of love is the most abject pain.

  3. Epictetus:

    Let death be daily before your eyes, and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything.

  4. Nathan Runkle:

    The people of California clearly have the right to prohibit the sale of a product that is the result of abject animal abuse.

  5. Henry Kissinger:

    If peace is equated simply with the absence of war, it can become abject pacifism that turns the world over to the most ruthless.

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