Adjective "abject" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of something bad) experienced or present to the maximum degree.
  1. 'abject poverty'
  2. 'People are having fun in this town, it's not all poverty and abject misery.'
  3. 'Cassandra, her older sister Rose and her younger brother Thomas are living in poverty even more abject than the Bastables, in a broken - down castle.'
  4. 'After all, there are only two ways to divert the attention of the international community from the more pressing and immediate problems of abject hunger and poverty.'
  5. 'The abject misery, the clearest glimpse of absolute evil, is almost impossible to describe.'
  6. 'Just let me fall into bed and leave me to my abject misery.'
  7. 'The free market economy did not alleviate the abject misery of the poor.'
  8. 'The setting is one of abject poverty and misery, yet the upbeat caption tells us that even victims of disaster need a good shoeshine.'
  9. 'I mean, when I think of Cambodia in the 1970s, I think abject misery, suffering and genocide on a Stalin-like scale.'
  10. 'However with no middle class, the vast bulk of its people are living in abject and unsustainable poverty.'
  11. 'Indeed, they were intended to insult and humiliate with reference to such an abject condition.'
  12. 'He said that HIV does cause AIDS but there are also other causes such as abject social conditions.'
  13. 'Few will dispute that a person in abject condition suffers a profound affront to his sense of dignity and intrinsic worth.'
  14. 'She saw firsthand the abject conditions of the working people there.'
  15. 'One never knows why these people are thrown into a society where there is no development and these people are living in horrendous conditions of abject poverty.'
(of a person or their behaviour) completely without pride or dignity; self-abasing.
  1. 'Now it was back to the bad old days of abject surrender.'
  2. 'This enhances our shock when the abject figure of Winston is finally revealed, stripped of all humanity.'
  3. 'On the few occasions I was driven to use such chastisement, it felt like an abject admission of parental failure.'
  4. 'However, this is actually an abject admission of failure.'
  5. 'I answered, staggered at this abject rudeness.'
  6. 'Fine: then what is called for now is not triumphalism and gloating, but an abject apology.'
  7. 'If so, I would have to address it as men have always done: by persistence, alternating reasoned argument with abject pleas and fawning adulation.'
  8. 'That would do a whole lot more for civilised and democratic behaviour than abject capitulation to these self-evident hypocrites.'
  9. 'It is behaviour of such abject venality as to be almost beneath contempt.'
  10. 'Are parallels to the anarchic sensibilities of our own abject artists valid?'


1. utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched: abject poverty.

2. contemptible; despicable; base-spirited: an abject coward.

3. shamelessly servile; slavish.

4. Obsolete. cast aside.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be abject as children."

"poverties can be abject."

"failures can be abject."

"apologies can be abject."

"miseries can be abject."

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