abject

Definition of abject

Ab`ject´   Pronunciation: ăb`jĕkt´
a.1.Cast down; low-lying.
From the safe shore their floating carcasses
And broken chariot wheels; so thick bestrown
Abject and lost lay these, covering the flood.
- Milton.
2.Degraded; servile; groveling; despicable; as, abject posture, fortune, thoughts.
And banish hence these abject, lowly dreams.
- Shak.
3.Sunk to a low condition; down in spirit or hope; miserable; - of persons.
4.Humiliating; degrading; wretched; - of situations; as, abject poverty.
v. t.1.To cast off or down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower; to debase.
n.1.A person in the lowest and most despicable condition; a castaway.
Shall these abjects, these victims, these outcasts, know any thing of pleasure?
- I. Taylor.

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