- (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
adjective (rfc-level, Adjective at L4+ not in L3 POS section)
- (transitive) (obsolete) To cast off or down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower; to debase.
- (obsolete) Cast down; low-lying.
Etymology: From abjectus, past participle of abjicere to reject, formed from ab- + jacere, to throw
- So thick bestrown and lost lay these, covering the flood. - Milton
- Sunk to a low condition; down in spirit or hope; degraded; servile; grovelling; despicable; as, abject posture, fortune, thoughts.
- Base and flatterers. - Addison
- An liar. - Macaulay
- And banish hence these , lowly dreams. - Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew, I-ii
- He sat obediently with that tentative and 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''
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