[ ab-jekt, ab-jekt ]
/ ˈæb dʒɛkt, æbˈdʒɛkt /


utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched: abject poverty.
contemptible; despicable; base-spirited: an abject coward.
shamelessly servile; slavish.
Obsolete. cast aside.

Origin of abject

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin abjectus thrown down (past participle of abicere, abjicere), equivalent to ab- ab- + -jec- throw + -tus past participle suffix

Related forms

Can be confused

abject object
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British Dictionary definitions for abject


/ (ˈæbdʒɛkt) /


utterly wretched or hopeless
miserable; forlorn; dejected
indicating humiliation; submissivean abject apology
contemptible; despicable; servilean abject liar

Derived Forms

abjection, nounabjectly, adverbabjectness, noun

Word Origin for abject

C14: (in the sense: rejected, cast out): from Latin abjectus thrown or cast away, from abjicere, from ab- away + jacere to throw
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