Verb abject Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(transitive, obsolete) To cast off or out; to reject. (transitive, obsolete) To cast down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower; to debase.

More definition:

1.utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched, abject poverty.

2.contemptible; despicable; base-spirited, an abject coward.

3.shamelessly servile; slavish.

4.Obsolete. cast aside.

1. utterly wretched or hopeless

2. miserable; forlorn; dejected

3. indicating humiliation; submissive, an abject apology

4. contemptible; despicable; servile, an abject liar Derived Formsabjection, nounabjectly, adverbabjectness, noun Word OriginC14, (in the sense, rejected, cast out), from Latin abjectus thrown or cast away, from abjicere, from ab- away + jacere to throwCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
early 15c., "cast off, rejected," from Latin abiectus, past participle of abicere "to throw away, cast off; degrade, humble, lower," from ab- "away, off" (see ab-) + iacere "to throw" (past participle iactus; see jet (v.)). Figurative sense of "downcast, brought low" first attested 1510s. Related, Abjectly; abjectness.


For fifteen sun-cycles, Anshan women had borne no male children, and drought and dwindling supplies of the ore that made his dhjan wealthy and respected had driven his planet into abject poverty.

Alexius, in order to escape such an ordeal, resorted to the abject expedient of disabling his right hand by a pistol-shot.

It is true that his allies provided him with 10 ships of their own, but the Spanish navy had sunk to abject inefficiency.

From the Fijian and Andaman islander who exhibits abject terror at seeing himself in a glass or in water, to the English or European peasant who covers up the mirrors or turns them to the wall, upon a death occurring, lest an inmate of the house should see his own face and have his own speedy demise thus prognosticated, the idea holds its ground.

Speaks of Gabii, Labici and Bovillae as places that had fallen into abject poverty, while Horace refers to Gabii and Fidenae as mere " deserted villages," and Strabo as " once fortified towns, but now villages, belonging to private individuals."

"No day did his palace gate fail to witness the elevation of some abject to affluence and the torture and murder of some living soul."

Abject humiliation followed the scene with the elders.

He died in abject poverty in 1961 at the age of 57 years.

She had never accustomed herself to be very abject before him, and they had never been confidential allies.

The situation created abject terror.

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