- utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched: abject poverty.
- contemptible; despicable; base-spirited: an abject coward.
- shamelessly servile; slavish.
- Obsolete. cast aside.
Origin of abject
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Examples from the Web for abject
Those facts, Paul said, indicated that Chairman Mao was a tyrannical monster whose people lived “in abject slavery.”The Secret to Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy: His Father
W. James Antle III
September 12, 2014
The girls helped their mothers prepare a simple meal as the men smoked outside and reflected on their abject state.ISIS Robs Christians Fleeing Its Edict in Mosul: Convert, Leave, or Die
July 22, 2014
But in any narrative, if the protagonist is going to be at the center of a sea of abject joy and triumph, someone has to lose.LeBron James: The Yoko Ono of The Heatles
July 12, 2014
Featuring headache-inducing black-and-red graphics, the Virtual Boy was an abject failure.The Game You Wear on Your Face: Virtual Reality Is Finally Here
May 8, 2014
No, this brief delay must be a sign that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is destined to result in abject failure.The GOP Is Terrified Obamacare Could Be a Success
July 11, 2013
Since their meeting the young man had been her abject cavalier.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Better live, to write your own tale than be the abject one to another.
To all outward seeming, nerveless, emotionless, an abject creature.Within the Law
"Don't you say one word," she answered, with an air of abject confession.Tiverton Tales
It was a sad sight—that abject hopeless misery I saw this afternoon.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
- utterly wretched or hopeless
- miserable; forlorn; dejected
- indicating humiliation; submissivean abject apology
- contemptible; despicable; servilean abject liar
Word Origin and History for abject
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.