- utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched: abject poverty.
- contemptible; despicable; base-spirited: an abject coward.
- shamelessly servile; slavish.
- Obsolete. cast aside.
Origin of abject
SynonymsSee more synonyms for abject on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for abjectly
“All it is public humiliation of these abjectly poor people, as well as criminalization,” Cowan says.Private Prisons Rule With Little Oversight on America’s Border
June 20, 2014
They stood knee-deep in the clutter and lumber, facing each other abjectly.The Gentleman From Indiana
I never saw a man so abjectly sorry for anything in my life.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
The man had insulted him grossly, and had apologised as abjectly; that was his view of the incident.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
She was frightened—hideously, abjectly, miserably frightened.A Bride of the Plains
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
So they're as abjectly subject to The Master as their slaves are to them.
- utterly wretched or hopeless
- miserable; forlorn; dejected
- indicating humiliation; submissivean abject apology
- contemptible; despicable; servilean abject liar
Word Origin and History for abjectly
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.