- The definition of abject is something that is very bad or miserable.
An example of abject poverty would be homelessness.
A man living in abject poverty.
abject definition by Webster's New World
- of the lowest degree; miserable; wretched: abject poverty
- lacking self-respect; degraded: an abject coward
Origin: Middle English ; from Classical Latin abjectus, past participle of abjicere, to throw away ; from ab-, from plush jacere, to throw: see jet
abject definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Brought low in condition or status. See Synonyms at mean2.
- Being of the most contemptible kind: abject cowardice.
- Being of the most miserable kind; wretched: abject poverty.
Origin: Middle English, outcast, from Latin abiectus, past participle of abicere, to cast away : ab-, from; see ab-1 + iacere, to throw; see yē- in Indo-European roots.
- abˈjectˌly adverb
- ab·jectˈness, ab·jecˈtion noun