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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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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Abject'

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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  • Gavaskar slams India's 'abject surrender' in Test defeat
    India's massive 266-run Test defeat to England drew widespread condemnation on Friday with former captain Sunil Gavaskar accusing Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team of "abject surrender" in Southampton. "To lose this Test even before lunch on the final day showed zero resistance whatsoever," Gavaskar told the NDTV news channel.. "There wa Read more on this news related to 'Abject'
  • Archbishop Richard Clarke: 'War Must Always Represent Abject Failure Of Humanity'
    War must always represent the abject failure of humanity, the head of the Anglican church in Ireland said. Archbishop of Armagh Dr Richard Clarke said commemoration of the First World War could not be spiritually separated from carnage in Gaza and other contemporary trouble spots. He addressed a Belfast service marking Britain's declaration of hostilities agai Read more on this news related to 'Abject'
  • Windies bowl out Bangladesh for 70 in 177-run rout
    An abject batting display by Bangladesh, who were bowled out for just 70, paved the way for a crushing 177-run victory by the West Indies in the second one-day international on Friday. In capitulating to their third lowest ODI total, Bangladesh lost their last seven wickets for 13 runs in the space of eight overs. Sunil Narine and Kemar Roach combined to decimate Read more on this news related to 'Abject'

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