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 (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.


[ˈæbdʒektnɪs] N
1. (= wretchedness) [of conditions] → lo miserable; [of position] → lo indigno
the abjectness of the conditions in which they livelo miserable de las condiciones en que viven
we were shocked at the abjectness of their performancenos dejo horrorizados lo mal que lo hicieron
2. (= grovelling quality) the abjectness of his apologyel tono sumiso y arrepentido de su disculpa


(= wretchedness)Erbärmlichkeit f
(= servility) (of apology)Demut f; (of person, gesture also)Unterwürfigkeit f
References in classic literature ?
At such minutes there used to be a convulsive twinge at my heart, and I used to feel hot all down my back at the mere thought of the wretchedness of my attire, of the wretchedness and abjectness of my little scurrying figure.
Bashti, who had lived so long that he was a philosopher who minded pain little and the loss of a finger less, chuckled and chirped his satisfaction and pride of achievement in the outcome, while his three old wives, who lived only at the nod of his head, fawned under him on the floor in the abjectness of servile congratulation and worship.
His back was bowed up, the very opposite muscular position to that for a spring, while he drew his head more and more down and under his chest in utter abjectness, resting his weight on his elbows and shielding his poor nose with his massive paws, a single stroke of which could have ripped the life of Collins quivering from his body.
White Fang crawled slowly, cringing and grovelling in the abjectness of his abasement and submission.
The abjectness of their servitude is incomprehensible to us.
Billy moaned and groaned in the abjectness of humility and surrender, and let her have her way.
Gandhi goes on to say that "humility does not mean abjectness.
Not easy when you're an older dad and your joints heave under the weight of your physical abjectness.
No other aspect of the tributary relationship so clearly demonstrated the abjectness of the Koreans' submission to the Chinese emperor or the contempt in which the Chinese held their loyal neighbors" (Clark 1998, 291).
In a film so invested in the symbolic meaning of Dean, Story ends appropriately with a deleted scene from East of Eden in which Cal Trask (Dean) emotionally recalls his abjectness.
Despite his own debt to phenomenology, Fried's theories of vanguard modernism (like Greenberg's) famously demanded a strict separation of art from the world, by which separation the abjectness of art would be transcended.
In this temperamental way, Gregg is also kin to immodest dramatists like Akhmatova and Sappho, enthusiasts of ruin, poets given to abjectness and heroism, who hurl themselves on the bonfire of passion with a kind of ecstatic relish.