• WordNet 3.6
    • n abjection a low or downcast state "each confession brought her into an attitude of abasement"- H.L.Menchken"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abjection A low or downcast state; meanness of spirit; abasement; degradation. "That this should be termed baseness, abjection of mind, or servility, is it credible?"
    • Abjection The act of bringing down or humbling. "The abjection of the king and his realm."
    • Abjection The state of being rejected or cast out. "An abjection from the beatific regions where God, and his angels and saints, dwell forever."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abjection The act of casting away or down; the act of humbling or abasing; abasement.
    • n abjection The state of being cast down or away; hence, a low state; meanness of spirit; baseness; groveling humility; abjectness.
    • n abjection Rejection; expulsion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Abjection a mean or low state: baseness: degradation
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  • Epictetus
    “Let death be daily before your eyes, and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.”
  • Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza
    “Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.”
  • Jean Baudrillard
    “The abjection of our political situation is the only true challenge today. Only facing up to this situation in all its desperation can help us get out of it.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “Nothing is so abject and pathetic as a politician who has lost his job, save only a retired stud-horse.”
  • Jean Baudrillard
    “In the same way that we need statesmen to spare us the abjection of exercising power, we need scholars to spare us the abjection of learning.”


Abject lesson - (India) An abject lesson serves as a warning to others. (In some varieties of English 'object lesson' is used.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. abjection, L. abjectio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. abjectus, cast away—ab, away, jacĕre, to throw.


In literature:

This was done by Allis, and Mrs. Porter immediately became a prey to abject despair.
"Thoroughbreds" by W. A. Fraser
Wutzler stood abject, a magician impotent against his swarm of familiars.
"Dragon's blood" by Henry Milner Rideout
Never had she felt so abject in front of her mother.
"Hilda Lessways" by Arnold Bennett
He is often worsted by demons and abjectly put to flight.
"The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry" by W. G. Archer
She was an abject suppliant where she had reigned a Queen.
"Love affairs of the Courts of Europe" by Thornton Hall
Fear, abject fear, obtained complete ascendency over every sense, and personal safety became my sole consideration.
"Miriam Monfort" by Catherine A. Warfield
Antonyms: mean, base, low, servile, abject, ignoble.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
Beelzebub, abjectly eager to return to favour, professed himself ready to start at once.
"Rosa Mundi and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Without the gate of London prison there was one abject prisoner.
"The Mississippi Bubble" by Emerson Hough
They appeared to be living in abject fear of this grim old nobleman.
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
As I said before, the personal humility of the soldier has nothing in it of abject self-depreciation or slackness.
"A Student in Arms" by Donald Hankey
The abject confession compelled by Brett's words was too much for him.
"The Stowmarket Mystery" by Louis Tracy
The most abject submission on the part of the colonies could not redeem them.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Name me a position more abject!
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
It was not abject poverty that she witnessed, by any means.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
A special quarter is reserved in which the Jews must live, huddled together, the majority of them in abject poverty.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
And then in an abject tone implored forgiveness.
"Wilton School" by Fred E. Weatherly
In fact, it is he who keeps myself and Mrs. A. in the most abject servitude.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
The panting earth waited in abject fear.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman
Dick Hardman showed the most abject astonishment.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey

In poetry:

While yet we sojourn here below,
Pollutions still our hearts o'erflow;
Fallen, abject, mean, a sentenced race,
We deeply need a hiding-place.
"Hymn" by Henry Kirke White
Bend though thou must, beneath his will,
Let not one abject moan have place;
But with majestic, silent grace,
Maintain thy regal bearing still.
"Virginia Capta" by Margaret Junkin Preston
Though poor, and abject, and despised,
Their fortunes to the crowd I told;
I gave the young the love they prized,
And promised wealth to bless the old.
Schemes for the doubtful I devised,
And charms for the forsaken sold.
"The Hall Of Justice" by George Crabbe
NOT my enemies ever invade me—no harm to my pride from them I fear;
But the lovers I recklessly love—lo! how they master me!
Lo! me, ever open and helpless, bereft of my strength!
Utterly abject, grovelling on the ground before them.
"Not My Enemies Ever Invade Me" by Walt Whitman
A helpless paralytic met my eyes,
Whose hands might never grasp a friendly hand,
But hung distorted and of shrunken size,
Insensible to muscular command;
His face an abject picture of despair;
I thought a fate like that was worst to bear.
"Life's Undercurrent." by Alfred Castner King
Time shifts the scenes--
The haughty prince and the most abject slave,
Who cowered and trembled 'neath his austere glance,
The fawning and ignoble sycophant,
The courtier and the basest serf, have met
On equal terms beneath the silent dust.
"Metabole." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

Navy's biofuel experiment was abject failure.
The Obama Administration's Abject Failure on Transparency.
African Bishops Cite Problems That Leave People in ' Abject Poverty'.
Infinite, Abject Apologies: Wallace Begins to Wear Thin.
For-profit schools labeled ' abject failure'.
In "Lonely, I'm Not," the former star of TV's "That '70s Show" manages to make abject misery seem the only rational way to see the world.
Nightmare Alley begins with an extraordinary description of a freak-show geek—alcoholic and abject and the object of the voyeuristic crowd's gleeful disgust and derision—going about his work at a county fair.
All this points to the abject failure of the US policy in the last 30 years to " isolate " Iran.
"To get attention I used to bite and punch" is one of five abject phrases that Hugh Walton, using the sides of his paint-covered hands, spells out on a sheet of glass in the video Kung Fu (2007).
So how do we make sense out of this abject nonsense.
Some will have overcome abject adversity while others will have arrived on the Reed Arena stage after notable diversions.
The fishing industry is dying, leaving abject hopelessness in its wake.
Faced with such stark choices, the majority of Americans are running in abject fear to the Democrats.
'Abject Failure' Or Work In Progress.
Now that coach travel on airlines has deteriorated into abject misery, everyone is looking for a way to raise themselves above the fray, however briefly.

In science:

Much scientific and technological research is devoted to the interests of wealthy countries and not to the interests of the billion or so who live in abject poverty.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
Some billion people, as I have already mentioned, live in abject poverty, not much benefited by science.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?