abject

  • 1 abject — abject, e [ abʒɛkt ] adj. • av. 1460; lat. abjectus ♦ Digne du plus grand mépris, qui inspire une violente répulsion. ⇒ abominable, dégoûtant, ignoble, infâme, méprisable, odieux, vil. Un être abject. Il a été abject. Des sentiments abjects. Son… …

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  • 2 abject — abject, ecte (ab jè kt ou ab jè, au fém. abjè kt ) adj. Qui est rejeté et digne de l être ; et, par conséquent, vil, méprisable. Les âmes abjectes. Il est d une naissance abjecte. •   Tout ce qu il y a de grand et tout ce qu il y a d abject, PASC …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 3 abject — abjéct, ă adj. care inspiră dezgust, repulsie, dispreţ; abominabil. (< fr. abject, lat. abiectus) Trimis de tavi, 08.01.2003. Sursa: MDN  ABJÉCT, Ă, abjecţi, te, adj. Care inspiră repulsie, dispreţ; josnic, netrebnic, mizerabil. – Din fr.… …

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  • 4 abject — ab ject ([a^]b j[e^]kt), a. [L. abjectus, p. p. of abjicere to throw away; ab + jacere to throw. See {Jet} a shooting forth.] 1. Cast down; low lying. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] From the safe shore their floating carcasses And broken chariot wheels;… …

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  • 5 abject — ► ADJECTIVE 1) extremely unpleasant and degrading: abject poverty. 2) completely without pride or dignity: an abject apology. DERIVATIVES abjection noun abjectly adverb abjectness noun. ORIGIN Latin abjectus rejected , from jacere to throw …

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  • 6 abject — [ab′jekt΄, ab jekt′] adj. [ME < L abjectus, pp. of abjicere, to throw away < ab , from + jacere, to throw: see JET1] 1. of the lowest degree; miserable; wretched [abject poverty] 2. lacking self respect; degraded [an abject coward] SYN.… …

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  • 7 Abject — Ab*ject ([a^]b*j[e^]kt ), v. t. [From {Abject}, a.] To cast off or down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower; to debase. [Obs.] Donne. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 8 abject — ABJECT, [abj]ecte. Adj. Méprisable, bas, vil, dont on ne fait nulle estime. Il se dit principalement de la naissance & de la condition. Un homme abject. condition abjecte. des emplois, des usages vils & abjects …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 9 Abject — Ab ject ([a^]b j[e^]kt), n. A person in the lowest and most despicable condition; a castaway. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Shall these abjects, these victims, these outcasts, know any thing of pleasure? I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 10 abject — I adjective base, boorish, common, contemptible, corrupt, cowardly, craven, debased, degenerate, degraded, depraved, despicable, discreditable, dishonest, dishonorable, disreputable, ignoble, ignominious, inferior, inglorious, mean, penitent,… …

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  • 11 abject — (adj.) early 15c., cast off, rejected, from L. abjectus, pp. of abicere to throw away, cast off; degrade, humble, lower, from ab away, off (see AB (Cf. ab )) + iacere to throw (pp. iactus; see JET (Cf. jet) (v.)). Figurative sense of …

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  • 12 abject — *mean, ignoble, sordid Analogous words: servile, slavish, menial (see SUBSERVIENT): *miserable, wretched: cringing, truckling, cowering (see FAWN): groveling (see WALLOW): abased, demeaned, humbled, humiliated (see ABASE) Antonyms: exalted (in… …

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  • 13 abject — [adj] hopeless and downtrodden base, contemptible, degraded, dejected, deplorable, dishonorable, fawning, forlorn, groveling, hangdog, humiliated, low, miserable, outcast, pitiable, servile, submissive, worthless, wretched;   concept 571 Ant.… …

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  • 14 abject — Abject. m. acut. Celuy dequoy on ne tient conte, de quoy on ne fait point d estime, Abiectus …

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  • 15 abject — [[t]æ̱bʤekt[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (emphasis) You use abject to emphasize that a situation or quality is extremely bad. Both of them died in abject poverty... This scheme was an abject failure. Syn: total Derived words: abjectly ADV GRADED …

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  • 16 abject — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin abjectus, from past participle of abicere to cast off, from ab + jacere to throw more at jet Date: 15th century 1. sunk to or existing in a low state or condition < to lowest pitch of abject fortune …

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  • 17 ABJECT — ECTE. adj. Méprisable, bas, vil, dont on ne fait nulle estime. Un homme vil et abject. Une âme abjecte. Un esprit abject. Une créature abjecte. Une physionomie abjecte. Des emplois abjects. Des moeurs abjectes. Des sentiments abjects. Un langage… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 18 abject — ab|ject [ˈæbdʒekt] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of abicere, from ab away + jacere to throw ] 1.) abject poverty/misery/failure etc the state of being extremely poor, unhappy, unsuccessful etc 2.) an abject action or… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 abject — adjective 1 abject poverty/misery/failure etc the state of being extremely poor, unhappy, unsuccessful etc 2 an abject action or expression shows that you feel very ashamed: an abject apology abjectly adverb abjection noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 abject — adjective 1) abject poverty Syn: wretched, miserable, hopeless, pathetic, pitiful, pitiable, piteous, sorry, woeful, lamentable, degrading, appalling, atrocious, awful 2) an abject sinner …

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