Meaning of ABJECT in English


I. ˈabˌjekt also, especially nonattrib,  ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin abjectus, from past participle of abicere to cast off, from ab- ab- (I) + -icere (from jacere to throw) — more at jet (to spout)

1. : sunk to or existing in a low state or condition


a. : cast down in spirit : without spirit or pride : servile

abject knuckling down to the demands of … pressure groups — Elmer Rice

b. : unrelieved by any sign of independence, courage, or originality

abject imitation of foreign ideas

: showing utter resignation : hopeless , helpless

abject surrender

abject frustration

• ab·ject·ness noun -es

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English abjecten, from abject, adjective

1. obsolete : to cast off or out : reject

2. obsolete : to cast down : abase

III. ˈabˌjekt noun

( -s )

Etymology: abject (I)

: one cast off : outcast

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.