Ab"ject (#), a. [L. abjectus, p. p. of abjicere to throw away; ab + jacere to throw. See Jet a shooting forth.]


Cast down; low-lying.


From the safe shore their floating carcasses And broken chariot wheels; so thick bestrown Abject and lost lay these, covering the flood. Milton.


Sunk to a law condition; down in spirit or hope; degraded; servile; groveling; despicable; as, abject posture, fortune, thoughts.

"Base and abject flatterers." Addison. "An abject liar." Macaulay.

And banish hence these abject, lowly dreams. Shak.

Syn. -- Mean; groveling; cringing; mean-spirited; slavish; ignoble; worthless; vile; beggarly; contemptible; degraded.


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Ab*ject" (#), v. t. [From Abject, a.]

To cast off or down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower; to debase.




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Ab"ject (#), n.

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.


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