abject /ˈabdʒɛkt/


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 /

2. abjectly /ˈabdʒɛktli /

3. abjectness /ˈabdʒɛktnəs /

– origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘rejected’): from Latin abjectus, past participle of abicere ‘reject’, from ab- ‘away’ + jacere ‘to throw’.

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