abjection

noun ab·jec·tion \ ab-ˈjek-shən \

Definition of abjection

1 : a low or downcast state : degradation
2 : the act of making abject : humbling, rejection
  • I protest … this vile abjection of youth to age
  • —G. B. Shaw

Examples of abjection in a Sentence

  1. sees the corporate scandal as yet another sign of the general abjection of our society

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Origin and Etymology of abjection

Middle English abjectioun "humbleness, abject state, outcasts," borrowed from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French abjeccioun "rejection, outcasts," borrowed from Late Latin abjectiōn-, abjectiō "casting away, rejection, humbled condition, humbleness," going back to Latin, "dejection," from abicere "to throw down" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at abject


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