Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Abject'
- 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]
- most unfortunate or miserable; "the most abject slaves joined in the revolt"; "abject poverty"
- showing utter resignation or hopelessness; "abject surrender" [syn: resigned, unhopeful]
- showing humiliation or submissiveness; "an abject apology"
- Abject \Ab"ject\, a. [L. abjectus, p. p. of abjicere to throw
away; ab + jacere to throw. See Jet a shooting forth.]
- 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.
- 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 \Ab*ject"\, v. t. [From Abject, a.]
To cast off or down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower;
to debase. [Obs.] --Donne.
- Abject \Ab"ject\, n.
A person in the lowest and most despicable condition; a
Shall these abjects, these victims, these outcasts,
know any thing of pleasure? --I. Taylor.
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.[See more about Abject at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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