ab·ject (ăbjĕkt′, ăb-jĕkt)
1. Extremely contemptible or degrading: abject cowardice. See Synonyms at base2.
2. Being of the most miserable kind; wretched: abject poverty; abject grief.
3. Thoroughgoing; complete. Used to modify pejorative nouns: an abject failure.
4. Extremely submissive or self-abasing: abject apologies.
[Middle English, outcast, from Latin abiectus, past participle of abicere, to cast away : ab-, from; see AB-1 + iacere, to throw; see yē- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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