Trending: abject

Lookups spiked 800% on February 5, 2019

Why are people looking up abject?

Abject cast off its normally low status in lookups during the State of the Union address, and for a time was among our most searched-for words, after President Trump used it in making the claim that the policies of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro were bringing his citizens into “abject poverty.”

What does abject mean?

Abject may be defined as “sunk to or existing in a low state or condition,” “cast down in spirit,” or “expressing or offered in a humble and often ingratiating spirit” (as in abject flattery).

Citations

Thou neither gauest me too much riches, nor too abject poverty, lest I shold either waxe proud, or grow more contemptible: but thou gavest me understanding and wil, whereby I should know and loue thee.
A Paradise of Prayers, 1614

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