adjective ab·ject \ˈab-ˌjekt\

: extremely bad or severe

: very humble : feeling or showing shame

: very weak : lacking courage or strength

Full Definition of ABJECT

:  sunk to or existing in a low state or condition <to lowest pitch of abject fortune thou art fallen — John Milton>
a :  cast down in spirit :  servile, spiritless <a man made abject by suffering>
b :  showing hopelessness or resignation <abject surrender>
:  expressing or offered in a humble and often ingratiating spirit <abject flattery> <an abject apology>
ab·ject·ly \ˈab-ˌjek(t)-lē, ab-ˈ\ adverb
ab·ject·ness \-ˌjek(t)-nəs, -ˈjek(t)-\ noun

Examples of ABJECT

  1. They live in abject misery.
  2. He offered an abject apology.
  3. She thought he was an abject coward.
  4. … the time would come that no human being should be humiliated or be made abject. —Katherine Anne Porter, The Never-Ending Wrong, 1977

Origin of ABJECT

Middle English, from Latin abjectus, from past participle of abicere to cast off, from ab- + jacere to throw — more at jet
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of ABJECT

mean, ignoble, abject, sordid mean being below the normal standards of human decency and dignity. mean suggests small-mindedness, ill temper, or cupidity <mean and petty satire>. ignoble suggests a loss or lack of some essential high quality of mind or spirit <an ignoble scramble after material possessions>. abject may imply degradation, debasement, or servility <abject poverty>. sordid is stronger than all of these in stressing physical or spiritual degradation and abjectness <a sordid story of murder and revenge>.
ABJECTNESS Defined for Kids


adjective ab·ject \ˈab-ˌjekt\

Definition of ABJECT for Kids

:  very bad or severe <abject poverty>
:  low in spirit, strength, or hope <an abject coward>
ab·ject·ly adverb <He stared abjectly at his ruined home.>


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