V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. of the worst or lowest degree; 2. showing extreme humility; 3. downcast or utterly hopeless

Synonyms: miserable, lowly, low, servile, spiritless, base, ingratiating, obsequious

Antonyms: exalted, great, distinguished, eminent, noble

Tips: Abject is derived from the Latin abjectus, which means "thrown away or rejected." Think how low and miserable you would be if you were thrown out on the street and rejected by your friends and family; that would be abject. You may have heard the term "abject poverty," which refers to the lowest and most miserable poverty. The related noun abjection refers to sorrow or lowliness.

Usage Examples:

The family lived in abject poverty, often doing odd-jobs to make ends meet. (miserable)

It was clear that the allegations were true when Roger lowered his head in abjection. (sorrow, lowliness) noun

Her abject misery made everyone feel sorry for her. (spiritless, low)

The guest offered his host a sincere, abject apology after he accidentally broke the family heirloom. (obsequious, servile)

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