• WordNet 3.6
    • adv abjectly in a hopeless resigned manner "she shrugged her shoulders abjectly"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Abjectly Meanly; servilely.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abjectly In an abject, mean, or servile manner.
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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.)


In literature:

Charles was all abject apology.
"An African Millionaire" by Grant Allen
Sometimes she was superb in her wrath; at others, abject in her misery.
"Half a Rogue" by Harold MacGrath
But the devilish hypocrisy of Philip, and the abject perfidy of Eboli, at this juncture, almost surpass belief.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74" by John Lothrop Motley
It is difficult to imagine anything more abject than the attitude of James towards Philip.
"The Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II." by John Lothrop Motley
The professor, in whose face seemed written the most abject terror, was talking.
"The Tempting of Tavernake" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Jim told me he had been received at first with an abject display of the most amicable sentiments.
"Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad
And Iscariot stretched forth his hands and bowed abjectly.
"The Crushed Flower and Other Stories" by Leonid Andreyev
Slowly he slackened down until he was on his knees, an abject spectacle of disgust.
"Average Jones" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Vain in prosperity, what wonder that she was so abject in misfortune?
"The Last Of The Barons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I cannot lead her to the altar feeling myself an abject wretch.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky

In poetry:

Women and men of low degree,
The very abjects of the land,
You always may in England see,
Each with his Bible in his hand.
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard
The Norman tyrant much carest
This proud and abject slave,
And lands, by worthier lords possest,
For his base succour gave.
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley
With abject choler fierce and hot,
The knight perforce would gain,
And blend her little garden plot,
With his superb domain.
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley
Enthroned in awful majesty
Kronion wields the bolt on high:
In abject fear Olympus rocks
When wrathfully he shakes his locks.
"The Triumph Of Love" by Friedrich von Schiller
Then, and then only, when it tore
My hair to hide my face;
And gently did thy own bend o'er
The abject head war-doomed to dire disgrace.
"Aletheia To Phraortes" by Walter Savage Landor
God gives the very abjects food;
Supplies the Turk, and Pagan's need,
His very foes He fills with good,
And shall He not his servants feed?
"Concerning The Divine Providence" by Rees Prichard

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?