A person in the lowest and most despicable condition; a castaway; outcast. [First attested from the late 15th century.]
(obsolete) To cast off or out; to reject. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 17th century.]
Other Word Forms of Abject
Origin of Abject
Middle English outcast from Latin abiectus past participle of abicere to cast away ab- from ab–1 iacere to throw yē- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English abiect (“outcast, wretched”), from Latin abiectus, past participle of abiciō (“to throw away, cast off, to reject”), from ab (“away”) + iaciō (“to throw”).
From Middle English abjecten, derived from the adjective form.
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