utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched:
abject poverty.
contemptible; despicable; base-spirited:
an abject coward.
shamelessly servile; slavish.
obsolete. cast aside.
contemporary examples

“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 d-ckson june 19, 2014

historical examples

it is too abjectly selfish and groveling to command the least respect from a n-ble character or a great, tender soul.
men, women, and g-ds 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.

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