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5 definitions found
 for abject
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Abject \Ab*ject"\ ([a^]b*j[e^]kt"), v. t. [From Abject, a.]
     To cast off or down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower;
     to debase. [Obs.] --Donne.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Abject \Ab"ject\ ([a^]b"j[e^]kt), n.
     A person in the lowest and most despicable condition; a
     castaway. [Obs.]
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           Shall these abjects, these victims, these outcasts,
           know any thing of pleasure?              --I. Taylor.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  abject \ab"ject\ ([a^]b"j[e^]kt), 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.]
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              From the safe shore their floating carcasses
              And broken chariot wheels; so thick bestrown
              Abject and lost lay these, covering the flood.
                                                    --Milton.
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     2. Degraded; servile; groveling; despicable; as, abject
        posture, fortune, thoughts. "Base and abject flatterers."
        --Addison. "An abject liar." --Macaulay.
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              And banish hence these abject, lowly dreams. --Shak.
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     3. Sunk to a low condition; down in spirit or hope;
        miserable; -- of persons.
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     4. Humiliating; degrading; wretched; -- of situations; as,
        abject poverty.
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     Syn: Mean; groveling; cringing; mean-spirited; slavish;
          ignoble; worthless; vile; beggarly; contemptible;
          degraded.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  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: abject, 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: abject, unhopeful]
      4: showing humiliation or submissiveness; "an abject apology"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  122 Moby Thesaurus words for "abject":
     abominable, accepting, acquiescent, agreeable, apologetic, arrant,
     assenting, atrocious, backscratching, base, beggarly, bootlicking,
     cheesy, complaisant, compliable, compliant, complying, consenting,
     contemptible, contrite, cowering, crawling, cringing, crouching,
     crummy, debased, degraded, depraved, despicable, dirty, disgusting,
     execrable, fawning, flagrant, flattering, footlicking, foul,
     fulsome, grave, gross, groveling, hangdog, heinous, humble,
     humble-minded, humble-spirited, humbled, humblehearted,
     ingratiating, little, low, low-down, lumpen, mangy, mealymouthed,
     mean, measly, meek, meek-minded, meek-spirited, meekhearted,
     melted, miserable, monstrous, nefarious, nondissenting,
     nonresistant, nonresisting, nonresistive, obedient, obeisant,
     obnoxious, obsequious, odious, on bended knee, paltry, parasitic,
     passive, penitent, penitential, penitentiary, petty, poky, poor,
     poor in spirit, prostrate, rank, repentant, reptilian, resigned,
     scabby, scrubby, scruffy, scummy, scurvy, servile, shabby,
     sheepish, shoddy, small, sniveling, softened, sponging, squalid,
     submissive, subservient, supine, sycophantic, timeserving,
     toadeating, toadying, toadyish, touched, truckling, unassertive,
     uncomplaining, underfoot, unmentionable, unresistant, unresisting,
     vile, wretched
  
  

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