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Definitions for abjection
æbˈdʒɛk ʃənab·jec·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abasement, degradation, abjectionnoun

    a low or downcast state

    "each confession brought her into an attitude of abasement"- H.L.Menchken


  1. abjectionnoun

    The act of bringing down or humbling; casting off; casting out.

    "The abjection of the king and his realm."

  2. abjectionnoun

    The state of being rejected or downcast. degradation; humiliation.

    "An abjection from the beatific regions where God, and his angels and saints, dwell forever."

  3. abjectionnoun

    A low or downcast condition; meanness of spirit; abasement; degradation.

  4. abjectionnoun

    The act of dispersing or casting off spores.

  5. Etymology: * From abjeccioun, from either abjection or abjection-,, from abjectus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Abjectionnoun

    Meanness of mind; want of spirit; servility; baseness.

    Etymology: from abject.

    That this should be termed baseness, abjection of mind, or servility, is it credible? Richard Hooker, b. v. § 47.

    Now the just medium of this case lies betwixt the pride and the abjection, the two extremes. Roger L'Estrange.


  1. Abjection

    Abjection is a concept in critical theory referring to becoming cast off and separated from norms and rules, especially on the scale of society and morality. The term has been explored in post-structuralism as that which inherently disturbs conventional identity and cultural concepts. Julia Kristeva explored an influential and formative overview of the concept in her 1980 work Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection, where she describes subjective horror (abjection) as the feeling when an individual experiences or is confronted by the sheer experience of what Kristeva calls one's typically repressed "corporeal reality", or an intrusion of the Real in the Symbolic Order.Kristeva's concept of abjection is used commonly to analyze popular cultural narratives of horror, and discriminatory behavior manifesting in misogyny, homophobia and genocide. The concept of abjection builds on the traditional psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan, whose studies often narrowed in on the experience of the disintegration of personal distinctions, through neurosis in Freud and psychosis in Lacan.


  1. abjection

    Abjection is a state of extreme degradation, misery, or wretchedness. It can also refer to the act of rejecting or casting out. In psychological and critical theory, abjection is a concept where an individual excludes (abjects) uncomfortable, horrific, or disturbing emotions or feelings to maintain their sense of self and identity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abjectionnoun

    the act of bringing down or humbling

  2. Abjectionnoun

    the state of being rejected or cast out

  3. Abjectionnoun

    a low or downcast state; meanness of spirit; abasement; degradation

  4. Etymology: [F. abjection, L. abjectio.]


  1. Abjection

    The term abjection literally means "the state of being cast off". In usage it has connotations of degradation, baseness and meanness of spirit; but has been explored in post-structuralism as that which inherently disturbs conventional identity and cultural concepts.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abjection in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abjection in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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    applied to a fish depicted horizontally
    A numinous
    B flabby
    C repugnant
    D naiant

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