Definition of abject adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈæbdʒekt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæbdʒekt//
    [usually before noun] (formal)
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  1. 1terrible and without hope abject poverty/misery/failure
  2. 2without any pride or respect for yourself an abject apology
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘rejected’): from Latin abjectus, past participle of abicere ‘reject’, from ab- ‘away’ + jacere ‘to throw’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: abject