abjection

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noun ab·jec·tion \ab-ˈjek-shən\

Definition of abjection

  1. 1 :  a low or downcast state :  degradation

  2. 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

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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