utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched:
contemptible; despicable; base-spirited:
an abject coward.
shamelessly servile; slavish.
Obsolete. cast aside.
“All it is public humiliation of these abjectly poor people, as well as criminalization,” Cowan says.
Private Prisons Rule With Little Oversight on America’s Border Caitlin Dickson June 19, 2014
It is too abjectly selfish and groveling to command the least respect from a noble character or a great, tender soul.
Men, Women, and Gods Helen H. Gardener
They stood knee-deep in the clutter and lumber, facing each other abjectly.
The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
She slid to her knees, abjectly clasped his waist and laid her face against him.
Life’s Little Ironies Thomas Hardy
The man had insulted him grossly, and had apologised as abjectly; that was his view of the incident.
The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
He is timid and scared to the last degree, and abjectly anxious to please if it does not entail too much exertion.
Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, April, 1876. Various
He was abjectly in love and abjectly submissive, and Claudia had never been so kind.
Despair’s Last Journey David Christie Murray
He knew—yes, as he had never known anything—that, should he see the door open, it would all too abjectly be the end of him.
The Jolly Corner Henry James
We need, and abjectly so I may say, an esthetic concept of our own.
Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
He had abjectly humbled himself before Cæsar, who treated him with kind respect.
Plutarch’s Lives Volume III. Plutarch
utterly wretched or hopeless
miserable; forlorn; dejected
indicating humiliation; submissive: an abject apology
contemptible; despicable; servile: an abject liar
early 15c., “cast off, rejected,” from Latin abiectus, past participle of abicere “to throw away, cast off; degrade, humble, lower,” from ab- “away, off” (see ab-) + iacere “to throw” (past participle iactus; see jet (v.)). Figurative sense of “downcast, brought low” first attested 1510s. Related: Abjectly; abjectness.
abjects (Ps. 35:15), the translation of a Hebrew word meaning smiters; probably, in allusion to the tongue, slanderers. (Comp. Jer. 18:18.) Historical Examples abjects hoot at him as he walks along bowed beneath the load of his own cross, which was the emblem of our sin. Talks To Farmers Charles Haddon Spurgeon Well might her […]
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the act of . renunciation upon oath. Historical Examples But in Marcella’s separated heart, the vow of abjuration from the world was already registered. The Pastor’s Fire-side Vol. 4 (of 4) Jane Porter The abjuration Bill and a money bill were awaiting his assent. The History of England from the Accession of James II. Thomas […]