Complete Definition of "abject"

English

Etymology
From L. abjectus, past participle of abjicere to reject, formed from ab- + jacere, to throw

Pronunciation 1
enPR|ăbʹjĕkt, IPA|/ˈæbdʒɛkt/, SAMPA|/"{bdZEkt/ or AHD|ăbʹjĭkt, IPA|/ˈæbdʒɪkt/, SAMPA|/"{bdZIkt/
rhymes|ɛkt
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Adjective
rfc-level|Adjective at L4+ not in L3 POS section
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  1. obsolete Cast down; low-lying.

#* So thick bestrown abject and lost lay these, covering the flood. - Milton

  1. Sunk to a low condition; down in spirit or hope; degraded; servile; grovelling; despicable; as, abject posture, fortune, thoughts.

#* Base and abject flatterers. - Addison
#* An abject liar. - Macaulay
#* And banish hence these abject, lowly dreams. - Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew, I-ii
#* He sat obediently with that tentative and abject eagerness of a man who has but one pleasure left and whom the world can reach only through one sense, for he was both blind and deaf. - 1931 Faulkner, Sanctuary, ii''

Synonyms
beggarly, contemptible, cringing, degraded, groveling, ignoble, mean, mean-spirited, slavish, vile, worthless

Translations

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ttbc|Vietnamese: hèn hạ, thấp hèn, đê tiện, đáng khinh, khốn khổ, khốn nạn

Noun
en-noun

  1. obsolete A person in the lowest and most despicable condition; a castaway.

#: Shall these abjects, these victims, these outcasts, know any thing of pleasure? - I. Taylor

Pronunciation 2
enPR|ăbjĕktʹ, IPA|/æbˈdʒɛkt/, SAMPA|/{b"dZEkt/
rhymes|ɛkt
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Verb
en-verb

  1. transitive obsolete To cast off or down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower; to debase.

Related terms
abjection
abjectly
abjectness

Shorthand
Gregg (Version: Centennial, Series 90, DJS): a - b - j - k - t

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