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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]


Of the most contemptible kind


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


contemptible (deserving of contempt or scorn)

Sense 2abject [BACK TO TOP]


Most unfortunate or miserable

Context examples:

the most abject slaves joined in the revolt / abject poverty


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

Sense 3abject [BACK TO TOP]


Showing utter resignation or hopelessness


unhopeful; resigned; abject

Context example:

abject surrender


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

Sense 4abject [BACK TO TOP]


Showing humiliation or submissiveness

Context example:

an abject apology


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

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