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Below you will find the definition of abject, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - showing humiliation or submissiveness
EXAMPLES - Abject in a Sentence
- Few of them could be described as abject or crushed. (source)
- Adjectives like 'abject' and 'servile' come to mind. " (source)
- While not exactly the kind of abject captivity that Heston endured in (source)
- The hurt was called abject fear and I was in the wrong end of Glasgow. (source)
- "abject" failures (although, admittedly, I am not exactly sure that means). (source)
- A true scientist should aim to finish life in abject loneliness and poverty. (source)
- They returned our looks with a kind of abject despair and slowly got to their feet. (source)
- In the long run, Social Security would protect those in abject poverty, but that's it. (source)
- * Giuseppe Penone documents the grandee of arte povera (art made from "abject" materials). (source)
- All this we, in the year 1833, should call abject and base; but was it so in Bishop Williams? (source)
- For how much longer must I and other members of my species be forced to live in abject poverty? (source)
- And so it is with the new graph being cited purporting to show that the models are an "abject" failure. (source)
- The abject is a term that originated in the work of Bulgarian-born, French modern critical theorist Julia Kristeva. (source)
- And the last thing they want is someone to get injured by what he referred to as abject stupidity, anybody coming out. (source)
- No community, state or country is an island unto itself unless it wants to exist in abject horrific misery like North Korea. (source)
- It is VERY difficult to take the journalistic efforts of the DP seriously when they so proudly display this kind of abject ignorance. (source)
- He finds Bettelheim's response "abject": "You are so very right with all you point out, that I am worried you did not find more to criticize." (source)
- No. No, it is the segregationists who seek to exclude, who seek to maintain the absence of the abject from the mainstream, who seek to silence. (source)
- I hang my head in abject shame, in utter disgust, in disgraceful embarrassment that this fiasco continues to plague my home State and my Nation! (source)
- When I said I was tired of "this hooey", I was of course referring to the Cato ad and Michaels's characterization of climate models as an "abject" failure. (source)
- "North Korea's behavior -- that is, signing the declaration while hiding the truth -- can only be called abject," read a Yomiuri Shimbun editorial last week. (source)
- Somehow I doubt that the British, at the height of their empire, or the Romans at the height of theirs, displayed this kind of abject fear of ... of ... well, what do you got? (source)
- Segregation still exists in the media, in the movies and the TV shows, where the abject is absented, where there is the default and the deviant, the "normal" and the "abnormal". (source)
- United States or in any of the European countries, but there it costs so little to sustain life and a penny goes so far that what an American working man would call abject destitution is an abundance. (source)
- But if you want to see a New Yorker cower in abject terror, just inform them that your pet African Hissing Death Adder just slipped out of his cage and would they mind calling if they happened to see him? (source)
- In a country of more than 300,000,000 people, the concept of less government is absurd unless you're willing to live with some parts of the country in abject poverty while others live like feudal land barons. (source)
- But, even before Christmas, the lack of fresh vegetables caused scurvy to break out, and disappointed adventurer after disappointed adventurer took to his bunk in abject surrender to this culminating misfortune. (source)
- The dogs sat on their chairs in abject silence with Davis and his wife menacing them to remain silent, while, in front of the curtain, Dick and Daisy Bell delighted the matinee audience with their singing and dancing. (source)
- One almost ends up empathising with the farmer, sitting in abject poverty in a landscape destroyed by war, who spots Harry wandering dazed from a helicopter, before grabbing him shouting, How much they give me for you? (source)
- However, many if not most, traders are plagued with errant emotions; that is, the abject fear and rampant greed that hogties so many traders that know what to do but can't do it because of those same emotions and faulty thinking. (source)
- Kentucky plays in the SEC, is on national television all the time, considers anything less than an NCAA tournament title abject failure and has a roster loaded with NBA prospects who might not even stick around for their sophomore seasons. (source)
- "The poor economic conditions of many Iraqis -- unemployment as high as 40 percent, inflation in double figures, a fifth of the population said to be in 'abject' poverty, risk undermining support for Iraq's fragile new democratic institutions." (source)
- But if their courage, even toward their father, is already broken down into fear and servile submission, they will only think of God with as much greater fear, and shrink from all the claims of piety with a kind of abject recoil, as from a thing forbidden. (source)
- Strangely, too, now that he had plunged into his pitch-bath, the guilt seemed to cling to him, and instead of hoping serenely, or fearing steadily, his spirit fell in a kind of abject supplication to Rose, and blindly trusted that she would still love even if she believed him base. (source)
- Oddly enough, I could identify with this piece very much as my study of film and feminist art has centered around the "abject" and the "monstrous feminine" which analyzes the role of women in the horror genre and the fascination with the bleeding female body as seen as the all-devouring vagina or vagina dentata. (source)
- He did not say anything about old maids, but the air was surcharged with his unexpressed convictions, so that all of our cohort who were over thirty-five were reduced to a kind of abject contrition for having been born, and for having continued to live after it was assured that we were destined to remain incomplete. (source)
- True, it has been difficult to prevent infiltration, but the major effort of the army and the security forces is to prevent the kind of abject killing of civilians, which is being perpetrated by the terrorist groups -- the terrorist groups which are receiving support, encouragement and physical organization from across the border. (source)
- I was experiencing the kind of abject depression that comes to soldiers who have realised that they have been fighting on the wrong side, expending an infinity of effort and draining the sources of courage and sanity until it seems that there is nothing inside; in truth I was feeling that my head was hollow and that the cavity of my chest was a vacuum. (source)
- The US Army should stop killing babies and the US should start handling terrorism in accordance with international norms, such as abject surrender in the case of Spain, letting them run around out in the woods taking hostages and murdering people ala Columbia and the Philippines, or actively encouraging them to kill more Americans and some Jews as in the case of Iran, Syria, most of Africa and parts of Western Europe. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 53.0, which suggests that "abject" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 19 synonyms for abject.
base, contemptible, degraded, dejected, deplorable, dishonorable, fawning, forlorn, groveling, hangdog, humiliated, low, miserable, outcast, pitiable, servile, submissive, worthless, wretched
We have 7 antonyms for abject.
commendable, exalted, excellent, magnificent, noble, proud, worthy
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (ăbˈjĕktˌ, ăb-jĕktˈ)
View up to 25 definitions of abject from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Brought low in condition or status. See Synonyms at mean2.
- (adjective) Being of the most contemptible kind: abject cowardice.
- (adjective) Being of the most miserable kind; wretched: abject poverty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Cast down; low-lying.
- (adjective) Degraded; servile; groveling; despicable.
- (adjective) Sunk to a low condition; down in spirit or hope; miserable; -- of persons.
- (adjective) Humiliating; degrading; wretched; -- of situations.
- (verb-transitive) To cast off or down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower; to debase.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Cast aside; cast away; abjected.
- (None) Low in condition or in estimation; utterly humiliating or disheartening; so low as to be hopeless: as, abject poverty, disgrace, or servitude.
- (None) Low in kind or character; mean; despicable; servile; groveling.
- (None) Synonyms Abject, Low, Mean, Groveling, debased, despicable, degraded, degenerate, wretched, menial, worthless, beggarly. (See list under low.) Abject, low, and mean may have essentially the same meaning, but low is more often used with respect to nature, condition, or rank; mean, to character or conduct; abject, to spirit. Groveling has the vividness of figurative use; it represents natural disposition toward what is low and base. Low is generally stronger than mean, conformably to the original senses of the two words.
- (noun) A person who is abjectly base, servile, or dependent; a caitiff or menial.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) showing humiliation or submissiveness
- (adjective) most unfortunate or miserable
- (adjective) of the most contemptible kind
- (adjective) showing utter resignation or hopelessness