Abject (adjective)

Abject means ‘hopeless’, ‘defeated’ or ‘extremely sad and servile’

An abject person is a defeated person who has lost all hopes. An example is a slave.

The word abject is commonly used with the noun poverty.

  • The term abject poverty is used to refer to desperate poverty that leaves people utterly hopeless.

Abject can also mean ‘contemptible’ or ‘despicable’. An abject coward is one who deserves to be despised.

Related words

Abjectly (adverb), abjectness (noun)


Servile, slavish, base, mean, miserable, debasing



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