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ab·ject [ab-jekt, ab-jekt]
adjective

1. hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched:

Abject homelessness.

2. contemptible; despicable; base-spirited:

An abject fool.

3. shamelessly servile; slavish.

An abject servant.

4. Obsolete. cast aside.

Origin

1400-50; late Middle English < Latin abjectus thrown down (past participle of abicere, abjicere), equivalent to ab- ab + -jec- throw + -tus past participle suffix