The definition of abject is something that is very bad or miserable.(adjective)
An example of abject poverty would be homelessness.
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Origin: ME < L abjectus, pp. of abjicere, to throw away < ab-, from + jacere, to throw: see jet
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Origin: Middle English, outcast
Origin: , from Latin abiectus
Origin: , past participle of abicere, to cast away
Origin: : ab-, from; see ab-1
Origin: + iacere, to throw; see yē- in Indo-European roots.
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