1: sunk to or existing in a low state or condition (to lowest pitch of abject fortune thou art fallen — John Milton)
3: expressing or offered in a humble and often ingratiating spirit (abject flattery; an abject apology)
Examples of ABJECT
- They live in abject misery.
- He offered an abject apology.
- He thought she was an abject coward.
- … the time would come that no human being should be humiliated or be made abject. —Katherine Anne Porter, The Never-Ending Wrong, 1977
- … my critical intelligence sometimes shrivels to an abject nodding of the head. —Lewis H. Lapham, Harper’s, May 1971
- … nothing seemed to have changed at the Beehive across the years. The same pallid employees were visible in the same abject state of peonage, cringing under the whiplash of overseers. —S. J. Perelman, Baby, It’s Cold Inside, 1970
Origin of ABJECT
Middle English, from Latin abjectus, from past participle of abicere to cast off, from ab- + jacere to throw — more at jet
First Known Use: 15th century
Related to ABJECT
Related Words: hangdog, lamblike, sheepish; demure, lowly, meek, modest, retiring, unassuming, unpretentious; fawning, sycophant, sycophantic, toadyish
See Synonym Discussion at mean
Rhymes with ABJECT
advect, affect, aspect, bisect, cathect, collect, confect, connect, convect, correct, cowl-necked, defect, deflect, deject, detect, direct, Dordrecht, effect, eject, elect, erect, ewe-necked, expect, goosenecked, infect, inflect, inject, insect, inspect, neglect, object, pandect, porrect, prefect, prelect, project, prospect, protect, refect, reflect, reject, resect, respect, ring-necked, roll-necked, select, stiff-necked, subject, suspect, traject, transect, trisect, Utrecht, V-necked
advect, affect, aspect, bisect, cathect, collect, confect, connect, convect, correct, cowl-necked, defect, deflect, deject, detect, direct…
Comments closed because I don’t want consolation I just want to lie and bleed awhile and then get up and fight again.