Origin of abject
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Andrew Slater|July 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
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|Alec Kubas-Meyer|May 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No, this brief delay must be a sign that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is destined to result in abject failure.
The Khalifa told off Lupton Bey, who at that time was living in the most abject poverty, as his assistant.Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892|F. R. Wingate
Divitis servi maxime servi—Servants to the rich are the most abject.
Johnny's abject tone—he who had been so high-chested in the past—may have had its effect upon the boss.Skyrider|B. M. Bower
The mother was an unlovely object in her abject sorrow and despair.A True Friend|Adeline Sergeant
Then, in the midst of this abject self-pity, I was stricken with shame.Richard Carvel, Complete|Winston Churchill
Word Origin 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.