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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of abicere, from ab- 'away' + jacere 'to throw'

abject

adjective
     
ab‧ject
1

abject poverty/misery/failure etc

the state of being extremely poor, unhappy, unsuccessful etc
2 an abject action or expression shows that you feel very ashamed:
an abject apology
abjectly adverb

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