Abjection



the condition of being servile, wretched, or contemptible.
the act of humiliating.
Mycology. the release of spores by a fungus.
Historical Examples

There is in the young girl all the abjection of the cad and of the school-boy.
Baudelaire: His Prose and Poetry Charles Baudelaire

He wanted in that abjection to triumph over the entire East.
Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern Edgar Saltus

abjection is not the result of the faithful discharge of duty, however trying the circumstances may be.
England, Canada and the Great War Louis-Georges Desjardins

For in my abjection, I own I clutch at straws, miserably anxious for support.
The Gateless Barrier Lucas Malet

This sublimeness combines with their abjection to overwhelm them and raise them up.
The Memoirs of Victor Hugo Victor Hugo

Finally his failure and his shame had crushed him into abjection.
What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes

By her silence, her abjection, her suppression, he shall prevail: not otherwise.
Browning’s Heroines Ethel Colburn Mayne

Here the patience, the beauty, the abjection before the Devilish-Divine; there the defiance, the cult of the proud self.
Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson

It is a disgrace to thee to go vagabonding about in this abjection.
Alaeddin and the Enchanted Lamp John Payne

Unless thy law had been my meditation, I had then perhaps perished in my abjection.
The Excellence of the Rosary M. J. Frings

n.

early 15c., from Old French abjection (14c.), from Latin abjectionem (nominative abjectio) “dejection, despondency,” literally “a throwing away,” noun of action from past participle stem of abicere (see abject).

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