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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.


(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"
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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.
The historic event's message of resistance and rising up against tyranny has been key to the evolution of a culture which rejects abjection at any rate Protest rallies in Bahrain have continued on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising started in the kingdom in 2011.
The Department of Filipino of Ateneo de Manila University and Ateneo University Press will launch professor Nerissa Balce-Cortes' new book, 'Body Parts of Empire: Visual Abjection, Filipino Images, and the American Archive,' today, Aug.
They outline a conceptualization of the fourth age as a social imaginary realized within the collective consciousness of society and created more by the meanings attributed to old age than biological or psychological indicators, and detail the elements of this imaginary (frailty, abjection, the loss of agency, and care).
This chaotic atmosphere which calls for the governmental intervention in the end is established through the burst of the Real, abjection, and the shift in subject positions.
The exchange and its aftermath enacted the historical tension between the ascendance of Latinos--undergirding Trump's rhetoric is the fear of Latino hordes transforming the nation--and their abjection, the persistent forms of abuse and diminishment to which Latinos are subjected in the public sphere.
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Once I began rereading Leduc, starting with La Batarde, I quickly realized what the conference should focus on: abjection, specifically the twentieth-century tradition of first-person narratives of women's sexual abjection that these three writers variously represent, in terms, respectively and (to some extent) collectively, of the place of women in general, social class and aesthetic norms, and sexuality.
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.
Julia Kristeva's work is vital to my analysis because of her specific overlapping theorizations of abjection and adolescence as distancing mechanisms.
It is both joyous and horrific, containing jouissance and abjection.