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Meaning of ABJECT

Pronunciation:  'abjekt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  showing humiliation or submissiveness; "an abject apology"
  2. [adj]  of the most contemptible kind; "abject cowardice"; "a low stunt to pull"; "a low-down sneak"; "his miserable treatment of his family"; "You miserable skunk!"; "a scummy rabble"; "a scurvy trick"
  3. [adj]  most unfortunate or miserable; "the most abject slaves joined in the revolt"; "abject poverty"
  4. [adj]  showing utter resignation or hopelessness; "abject surrender"

ABJECT is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: contemptible, hopeless, low, low-down, miserable, resigned, scummy, scurvy, submissive, unfortunate, unhopeful



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ab"ject\, a. [L. abjectus, p. p. of abjicere to throw
    away; ab + jacere to throw. See {Jet} a shooting forth.]
    1. Cast down; low-lying. [Obs.]
             From the safe shore their floating carcasses And
             broken chariot wheels; so thick bestrown Abject and
             lost lay these, covering the flood.   --Milton.
    2. Sunk to a law condition; down in spirit or hope; degraded;
       servile; groveling; despicable; as, abject posture,
       fortune, thoughts. ``Base and abject flatterers.''
       --Addison. ``An abject liar.'' --Macaulay.
             And banish hence these abject, lowly dreams. --Shak.
    Syn: Mean; groveling; cringing; mean-spirited; slavish;
         ignoble; worthless; vile; beggarly; contemptible;
  2. \Ab*ject"\, v. t. [From {Abject}, a.]
    To cast off or down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower;
    to debase. [Obs.] --Donne.
  3. \Ab"ject\, n.
    A person in the lowest and most despicable condition; a
    castaway. [Obs.]
          Shall these abjects, these victims, these outcasts,
          know any thing of pleasure?              --I. Taylor.
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