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English

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] abjectus, past participle of abjicere to reject, formed from ab- + jacere, to throw

Pronunciation

Adjective

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abject (comparative er, superlative more)

Positive
abject

Comparative
er

Superlative
more

  1. (obsolete) Cast down; low-lying.
    "So thick bestrown abject and lost lay these, covering the flood." - Milton
  2. Sunk to a low condition; down in spirit or hope; degraded; servile; grovelling; despicable; as, abject posture, fortune, thoughts.
    "Base and abject flatterers." - Addison
    "An abject liar." - Macaulay
    "And banish hence these abject, lowly dreams." - Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew, I-ii
    "He sat obediently with that tentative and abject eagerness of a man who has but one pleasure left and whom the world can reach only through one sense, for he was both blind and deaf." - 1931 Faulkner, Sanctuary, ii

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Noun

Singular
abject

Plural
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abject ({{{1}}})
  1. (obsolete) 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
    We are the queen's abjects, and must obey. - W. Shakespeare [Richard III, Act I, Scene I]

Verb

Infinitive
to abject

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to abject (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) (obsolete) To cast off or down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower; to debase.

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(Version: Simplified,Anniversary,Pre-Anniversary): a - b - j - k

French

Pronunciation

Adjective

abject m. (f. abjecte, m. plural abjects, f. plural abjectes)

  1. contemptible, base.


This French entry was created from the translations listed at base. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see abject in the French Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) April 2008

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