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abject


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abject  \Ab"ject\,  a.  [L.  abjectus  p.  p.  of  abjicere  to  throw 
  away  ab  +  jacere  to  throw.  See  {Jet}  a  shooting  forth.] 
  1.  Cast  down  low-lying.  [Obs.] 
 
  From  the  safe  shore  their  floating  carcasses  And 
  broken  chariot  wheels;  so  thick  bestrown  Abject  and 
  lost  lay  these  covering  the  flood.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Sunk  to  a  law  condition;  down  in  spirit  or  hope;  degraded; 
  servile;  groveling;  despicable;  as  abject  posture, 
  fortune,  thoughts.  ``Base  and  abject  flatterers.'' 
  --Addison.  ``An  abject  liar.''  --Macaulay. 
 
  And  banish  hence  these  abject,  lowly  dreams.  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  Mean  groveling;  cringing;  mean-spirited;  slavish; 
  ignoble;  worthless;  vile;  beggarly;  contemptible; 
  degraded. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abject  \Ab*ject"\,  v.  t.  [From  {Abject},  a.] 
  To  cast  off  or  down  hence  to  abase;  to  degrade;  to  lower; 
  to  debase.  [Obs.]  --Donne. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abject  \Ab"ject\,  n. 
  A  person  in  the  lowest  and  most  despicable  condition;  a 
  castaway.  [Obs.] 
 
  Shall  these  abjects,  these  victims,  these  outcasts, 
  know  any  thing  of  pleasure?  --I.  Taylor. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abject 
  adj  1:  of  the  most  contemptible  kind  "abject  cowardice";  "a  low 
  stunt  to  pull";  "a  low-down  sneak";  "his  miserable 
  treatment  of  his  family";  "You  miserable  skunk!";  "a 
  scummy  rabble";  "a  scurvy  trick"  [syn:  {low},  {low-down}, 
  {miserable},  {scummy},  {scurvy}] 
  2:  most  unfortunate  or  miserable;  "the  most  abject  slaves 
  joined  in  the  revolt";  "abject  poverty" 
  3:  showing  utter  resignation  or  hopelessness;  "abject 
  surrender"  [syn:  {resigned},  {unhopeful}] 
  4:  showing  humiliation  or  submissiveness;  "an  abject  apology" 




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