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ABJECT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does abject mean? 

ABJECT (adjective)
  The adjective ABJECT has 4 senses:

1. of the most contemptible kind
2. most unfortunate or miserable
3. showing utter resignation or hopelessness
4. showing humiliation or submissiveness

  Familiarity information: ABJECT used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ABJECT (adjective)


Sense 1abject [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of the most contemptible kind

Synonyms:

scurvy; scummy; low-down; abject; miserable; low

Context examples:

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

Similar:

contemptible (deserving of contempt or scorn)


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Meaning:

Most unfortunate or miserable

Context examples:

the most abject slaves joined in the revolt / abject poverty

Similar:

unfortunate (not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune)


Sense 3abject [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Showing utter resignation or hopelessness

Synonyms:

unhopeful; resigned; abject

Context example:

abject surrender

Similar:

hopeless (without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success)


Sense 4abject [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Showing humiliation or submissiveness

Context example:

an abject apology

Similar:

submissive (inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination)


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