I. adjective 1. (of something bad) experienced or present to the maximum degree • his letter plunged her into abject misery
• abject poverty.
2. (of a situation or condition) extremely unpleasant and degrading • the abject condition of the peasants.
3. (of a person or their behaviour) completely without pride or dignity; self-abasing • an abject apology.
II. derivatives 1. abjection /abˈdʒɛkʃ(ə)n / noun
2. abjectly /ˈabdʒɛktli / adverb
3. abjectness /ˈabdʒɛktnəs / noun
– origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘rejected’): from Latin abjectus, past participle of abicere ‘reject’, from ab- ‘away’ + jacere ‘to throw’.