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Abject Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    abject adj
  1. of the most contemptible kind; "abject cowardice"; "a low stunt to pull"; "a low-down sneak"; "his miserable treatment of his family"; "You miserable skunk!"; "a scummy rabble"; "a scurvy trick" [syn: low, low-down, miserable, scummy, scurvy]
  2. most unfortunate or miserable; "the most abject slaves joined in the revolt"; "abject poverty"
  3. showing utter resignation or hopelessness; "abject surrender" [syn: resigned, unhopeful]
  4. showing humiliation or submissiveness; "an abject apology"
Abject Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Abject \Ab"ject\, 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.] From the safe shore their floating carcasses And broken chariot wheels; so thick bestrown Abject and lost lay these, covering the flood. --Milton.
  2. 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.
Abject Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Abject \Ab*ject"\, v. t. [From Abject, a.] To cast off or down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower; to debase. [Obs.] --Donne.
Abject Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Abject \Ab"ject\, n. A person in the lowest and most despicable condition; a castaway. [Obs.] Shall these abjects, these victims, these outcasts, know any thing of pleasure? --I. Taylor.
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The term Abjection literally means "the state of being cast off." In usage it has connotations of degradation, baseness and meanness of spirit.

In contemporary critical theory, abjection is often used to describe the state of often-marginalized groups, such as women, unwed mothers, people of color, prostitutes, convicts, poor people, disabled people, and queer or LGBT people. In this context, the concept of abject exists in between the concept of an object and the concept of the subject, something alive yet not. This term is used in the works of Julia Kristeva. Often, the term space of abjection is also used, referring to a space that abjected things or beings inhabit. William Apess used the term in the early 19th century in "An Indian's Looking-Glass For The White Man" to describe the plight of the Native Americans.

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* If peace is equated simply with the absence of war, it can become abject pacifism that turns the world over to the most ruthless. - Henry Kissinger


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  • Sinosphere Blog: An Internet ‘Big V’ Opts for Abject Contrition
    China released Charles Xue, an American businessman highly visible on Chinese microblogs who was detained in August on sex charges. He then appeared in state-run media endorsing the authorities’ treatment of him. Read more on this news related to 'Abject'
  • Peaky Blinders: Not just another bad apple
    There's gangs, abject poverty and hordes of desperate people scraping a living in Peaky Blinders . Read more on this news related to 'Abject'
  • Abject England humiliated by Netherlands
    (Reuters) - England slumped to an embarrassing 45-run defeat by the Netherlands at the World Twenty20 on Monday to end a dismal few months at a new low point. England, already eliminated from the tournament after defeats by New Zealand and South Africa, were bowled out for 88 chasing a modest 134 for victory in their final Group One super 10 match in Chittagong. E Read more on this news related to 'Abject'

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