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abject

[ab-jekt, ab-jekt]
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adjective
  1. utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched: abject poverty.
  2. contemptible; despicable; base-spirited: an abject coward.
  3. shamelessly servile; slavish.
  4. Obsolete. cast aside.
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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 formsab·ject·ly, adverbab·ject·ness, ab·ject·ed·ness, nounun·ab·ject, adjectiveun·ab·ject·ly, adverbun·ab·ject·ness, noun
Can be confusedabject object

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1. debasing, degrading; miserable. 2. base, mean, low, vile.

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Related Words for abjectly

apologetically, meanly, subserviently, obscurely, poorly, simply, abjectly, submissively, obediently, dutifully, slavishly, sycophantically

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British Dictionary definitions for abjectly

abject

adjective
  1. utterly wretched or hopeless
  2. miserable; forlorn; dejected
  3. indicating humiliation; submissivean abject apology
  4. contemptible; despicable; servilean abject liar
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Derived Formsabjection, 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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Word Origin and History for abjectly

abject

adj.

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.

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