Noun Abject Definition and Examples







(of something bad) experienced or present to the maximum degree.
  1. 'abject poverty'
  2. 'The free market economy did not alleviate the abject misery of the poor.'
  3. 'The abject misery and utter abandon is positively indescribable.'
  4. 'I mean, when I think of Cambodia in the 1970s, I think abject misery, suffering and genocide on a Stalin-like scale.'
  5. 'People are having fun in this town, it's not all poverty and abject misery.'
  6. 'Thus imagine the extent to which, for three quarters of the planet's population, most of whom live in abject and dire poverty, colonialism remains an even more tangible presence.'
  7. 'And now here I was, sitting next to the girl who had petrified me for most of my school years, and watching how abject misery had smudged her beauty.'
  8. 'He looked about at all the imitations of himself, like a ring of mirrors each showing California in a state of abject want.'
  9. 'Just let me fall into bed and leave me to my abject misery.'
  10. 'I'm usually a sucker for full-on bad taste, but this was just so abject.'
  11. 'I remember Mississippi tin shacks - those were abject conditions.'
  12. 'On shore, the housing conditions were abject.'
  13. 'A lot has been written about the abject state of health in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world.'
  14. 'Most live in conditions so abject that there is little to distinguish them from the most wretched chattel slaves of the past.'
  15. 'She saw firsthand the abject conditions of the working people there.'
(of a person or their behaviour) completely without pride or dignity; self-abasing.
  1. 'This enhances our shock when the abject figure of Winston is finally revealed, stripped of all humanity.'
  2. 'Since they are abject human beings, he implies, he does not have to engage them at that level.'
  3. 'I returned from Siberia to a mountain of furious letters to which I could only write abject apologies.'
  4. 'That would do a whole lot more for civilised and democratic behaviour than abject capitulation to these self-evident hypocrites.'
  5. 'Now it was back to the bad old days of abject surrender.'
  6. 'My behaviour, when I am conducting perfectly legitimate activity such as registering an insurance claim, is one of abject apology.'
  7. 'From a position of optimism generated by a highly impressive presentation, potential winners had suddenly become abject losers, all the long hours of campaigning reduced to nothing.'
  8. 'Apologies, official, abject, routinely demanded, and formally offered, are considered not just a right but a requirement.'
  9. 'The regime controlled every aspect of life and reduced everyone to the level of abject obedience through terror.'
  10. 'If so, I would have to address it as men have always done: by persistence, alternating reasoned argument with abject pleas and fawning adulation.'
((n.) A person in the lowest and most despicable condition; a castaway.)


Our vision of globalization empowers each and every person on the planet to be the best they can be, not to live in abject subjugation to a corporate governing body.
Tom, a self-made millionaire, had lived in abject poverty as a child.

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘rejected’): from Latin abjectus, past participle of abicere ‘reject’, from ab- ‘away’ + jacere ‘to throw’.

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