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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.
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(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]
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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"
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References in classic literature ?
A popular form of abjection, having an element of pride.
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.
Professor Damer demonstrates how the three poets create a prominent aesthetic of corporeal abjection and imperfection, associating the body as much with blood, wounds, and corporeal disintegration as with elegance, refinement, and sensuality.
It shows an abjection of responsibility to his duties to the people of Wales and avoids scrutiny by the AMs.
Film, English, history, and other scholars from Australia, North America, and the UK discuss the various roles elderly characters play in horror cinema: feisty senior citizens in Bubba Ho-Tep, The Devil-Doll, Don't Breathe, and Rabid Grannies; the relationship between the elderly and abjection in The Visit, The Taking of Deborah Logan, The Shining, and Skeleton Key, as well as aging women in horror film; how the aged in horror films are made strange, uncanny, and terrifying in Drag Me to Hell, Countess Dracula, Psycho II, and The Visit; elders attempting to fight back against aging in Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Hunger, The Brotherhood of Satan, and American Horror Story; and aging characters empowered or trapped by their knowledge in Ghost Story, The Cabinet of Dr.
The topic of abjection and agency in global East Asian cinema seems especially befitting to our mission statement of globalism from below for a variety of reasons, not least of which is the fact that it draws together marginalized voices of East Asian cinema scholars from around the world--U.S., U.K., Japan, South Korea, China--in a discussion of what is collectively referred to as monolithic, global East Asian cinema, hut what in reality are marginalized non-Hollywood "cinemas" Particularly poignant is the fact that in the spirit of global democraticization, the discussion is about the emergence of the abject and abject agency in global East Asian cinemas, a powerful "East Asian" translation of the "First World" French feminist Julia Kristeva's concept of the abject.
(5) Decades later Julia Kristeva's concept of abjection brings some of these visceral impressions together into a more structurally cohesive psychoanalytic explanation.
That is, the realization of complete abjection generates a residual hope-beyond-hopelessness: as Augustine and Calvin emphasized, it is only by recognizing the full extent of one's depravity and abandoning the idea that salvation can be earned that mercy may become possible.
"This issue (the terrorist attack in Ahwaz) does not show any power but it shows abjection and is another part of the ISIL acts in Iraq and Syria, martyring innocent people who are not in a defensive and military position," Rear Admiral Fadavi told FNA on Saturday.
It is a story of lost love and reconciliation, trauma and healing, abjection and redemption.