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abject

ab·ject

abject

 
pronunciation:
aeb jekt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of the lowest or most wretched kind.
The villagers live in abject poverty.
synonyms:
miserable, vile
similar words:
poor, sorry, squalid, wretched
definition 2: lacking in pride or spirit.
After their third loss, the abject team rode home in silence.
synonyms:
low, spiritless
similar words:
base, contemptible, degrading, despicable, ignoble, ignominious, mean, mortifying, opprobrious, sordid, squalid
definition 3: humble or fawning.
His abject plea to be spared punishment was ignored.
synonyms:
groveling, humble, obsequious, servile, slavish, sycophantic, toadyish, truckling
similar words:
crawling, cringing, flattering, ingratiating
derivations: abjectly (adv.), abjection (n.), abjectness (n.)
Word Parts
The word abject contains the following parts:
ab-, abs- Latin prefix that means from, away from
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Most words containing the prefix ab- , abs- are Latin loanwords, so the bases are Latin roots. ab- becomes abs- before bases beginning with "t," such as "tract."