Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (ăb′jĕkt′, ăb-jĕkt′)
1. Extremely contemptible or degrading: abject cowardice. See Synonyms at base2.
2. Being of the most miserable kind; wretched: abject poverty; abject grief.
3. Thoroughgoing; complete. Used to modify pejorative nouns: an abject failure.
4. Extremely submissive or self-abasing: abject apologies.

[Middle English, outcast, from Latin abiectus, past participle of abicere, to cast away : ab-, from; see ab-1 + iacere, to throw; see yē- in Indo-European roots.]

ab′ject′ly adv.
ab·ject′ness n.
ab·jec′tion n.


(æbˈdʒɛk ʃən)

1. the condition of being abject.
2. the act of humiliating or degrading.
3. the release of spores by a fungus.
[1375–1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abjection - a low or downcast stateabjection - a low or downcast state; "each confession brought her into an attitude of abasement"- H.L.Menchken
humiliation - state of disgrace or loss of self-respect
decadence, decadency, degeneracy, degeneration - the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
depth - (usually plural) a low moral state; "he had sunk to the depths of addiction"
References in classic literature ?
But his love of me is wonderful; I go further: I, who sicken and freeze at the mere thought of him, when I recall the abjection and passion of this attachment, and when I know how he fears my power to cut him off by suicide, I find it in my heart to pity him.
It would mean that the agent of his shame - for his shame was the deep abjection - was once more at large and in general possession; and what glared him thus in the face was the act that this would determine for him.
Contract awarded for 0 won walkways and stairs around the abjection Chapter brake maintenance work
The mother's perspective is contained in the thoughts, words, and actions of the shah's mother--the cruel, scheming, ruthless regent queen, a proxy for patriarchy and the conservative mullahs--while the sister's story centers on the helpless abjection of the shah's sister, whose status is reduced to that of a mere pawn in the evolving intrigues of the Qajar court in the tussle for political power between the regent queen, the shah, his ministers, and the army.
It is both joyous and horrific, containing jouissance and abjection.
These reenactments, carefully choreographed tableaux that include numerous actors and poses derived from multiple sources and are staged in stately mansions and art-filled museums--induce an extreme tension between abjection and opulence, fact and artifice.
If all shared concerns with abjection, the French body, and masculinity, their solutions were profoundly different in scope.
One could certainly hope for more here, since abjection, "that which disturbs identity, system, order" (80), bears a strong connection to the notion of liminality, a defining feature of fairies in both literature and folklore, and an attempt at outlining the exact nature of the relationship between the two theoretical concepts would certainly have made this section of the book more rewarding.
Also, it's a time of lawlessness and abjection, and the dark realm of ghouls and witchery.
But where for Stuart abjection is embraced as a means to redemption, Wilson's image of Jewish/Irish abjection carries no such promise of renewal.
In contrast to the horror movie, they never attempt to represent abjection directly, but they do diffuse the anxiety associated with abjection.
This article argues that the seemingly disparate affective and corporeal sensations of abjection and compassion significantly inform the fiction of Australian modernist, Patrick White.