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abjection

[ab-jek-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the condition of being servile, wretched, or contemptible.
  2. the act of humiliating.
  3. Mycology. the release of spores by a fungus.

Origin of abjection

1375–1425; late Middle English abjectioun (< Middle French) < Latin abjectiōn-, stem of abjectiō casting away, equivalent to abject(us) (see abject) + -iōn- -ion; or ab- + (e)jection
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Examples from the Web for abjection

Historical Examples

  • By her silence, her abjection, her suppression, he shall prevail: not otherwise.

    Browning's Heroines

    Ethel Colburn Mayne

  • This sublimeness combines with their abjection to overwhelm them and raise them up.

  • There is in the young girl all the abjection of the cad and of the school-boy.

  • He wanted in that abjection to triumph over the entire East.

  • For in my abjection, I own I clutch at straws, miserably anxious for support.


Word Origin and History for abjection

n.

early 15c., from Old French abjection (14c.), from Latin abjectionem (nominative abjectio) "dejection, despondency," literally "a throwing away," noun of action from past participle stem of abicere (see abject).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper