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She grew up in abject poverty; though she didn’t know it.
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  • She grew up in abject poverty; though she didn’t know it.
  • an abject apology
  • These were the most abject and miserable creatures I anywhere beheld.
    Darwin, Charles  --  The Voyage of the Beagle
  • At the sudden screech there was a movement of abject terror through that wedged mass of bodies.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Heart of Darkness

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  • Dobby went scurrying in after him, crouching at the hem of his cloak, a look of abject terror on his face.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • A look from Mustapha Mond reduced him to an abject silence.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • that pride, that furious desire to hide that abject nakedness which we bring here with us, carry with us into operating rooms, carry stubbornly and furiously with us into the earth again.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • But he bellowed slowly, abjectly, without tears; the grave hopeless sound of all voiceless misery under the sun.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • The bamboos take an easier way, they bend to the earth and lie there, creaking, groaning, crying for mercy. The contemptuous wind passes, not caring for these abject things. (Let them live.)
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • It was made up partially of hope and excitement, and partially of abject fear.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed

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  • To my abject horror...
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • Well . . . sure good to be together again. Arguing. Almost dying. Abject terror.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Coming out here, pretending to be so abject and apologetic.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I was expecting abject horror.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • He told Colin this sometimes, when Colin would come home from school sullen, tired of the Abdominal Snowman, tired of pretending that his abject friendlessness didn’t bother him.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • I hesitated, not wanting to admit my abject poverty, at least not in so many words.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • All I wanted was to remember those hours forever, remember the sight of the once proud soldiers straggling past us in abject defeat.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • I tell him about my loneliness and hunger at the Byrnes’, the abject misery of the Grotes’.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • I took my schedule, my map, and my abject horror and made my way to class, reading it again and again as I went.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • They filled their letters and diaries with references to "the ruthless invader who is seeking to reduce us to abject slavery."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Now, so quickly, they had become abject.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • The mere fact of the assault was not what left her unstrung—it was nothing new, she had been nearly raped by a woman guard months before, shortly after her arrival—nor was it Wilhelmine’s response in her mad scramble for safety after Floss had gone upstairs ("You must not tell the Commandant," she had said with a snarl, then repeated the same words as if imploring Sophie in abject fear, before scuttling out of the room.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • How can she be so abject?
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • With Salamander Army waiting abjectly for destruction, Leopard obligingly destroyed them.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • He finds fulfillment in a sense of abject humility.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • When his underpants came down, it was with abject humiliation that he stood in the small, cool office.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • They spun round and saw an abject steel man standing hunched in the doorway.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • All three had written long, abject articles in The Times, analysing the reasons for their defection and promising to make amends.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I was filled with a mix of rapt admiration and abject fear.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Tell your master, Nelly, that I never, in all my life, met with such an abject thing as she is.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Then, what submission, what cringing and fawning, what servility, what abject humiliation!
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Roy Lee stared in abject admiration.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • ’Well, well, then—Bill Sikes,’ said the Jew, with abject humility.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • It makes boys manly and courageous; and the very vices of an abject race tend to strengthen in them the opposite virtues.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • I often ask pardon of God, I swear to you, because this action, the only one with which I have seriously to reproach myself in all my life, is no doubt the cause of my abject condition.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • To whom could that abject use of "thou" be addressed?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And even though they were muffled by the fog, fear and abject terror were clearly audible in them.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Pike, who had been trembling abjectly, took heart at this open mutiny, and sprang upon his overthrown leader.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • There was an unpleasant, shifty, abject expression on his face.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • They are strong and hardy, but of a cowardly spirit, and, by consequence, insolent, abject, and cruel.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • White Fang crawled slowly, cringing and grovelling in the abjectness of his abasement and submission.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Cover thine eyes, cover thine eyes, abject animal, and let not thy fear escape thy lips, at least in my presence.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • But those who saw the fugitive nearer, and perceived the abject terror on his perspiring face, being themselves in the open roadway, did not share in the doctor’s contempt.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • He did not know whether to dart through the door to freedom or collapse on the bed to fall in love with her and place himself abjectly at her mercy again.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • With a final, most abject and cringing bow, the old Jew shuffled out of the room.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • A lad whose face had borne an expression of exalted courage, the majesty of he who dares give his life, was, at an instant, smitten abject.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Yet mine shall not be the submission of abject slavery.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Never would he enjoy his wife again- the wife who loves him well; he’d only bring down abject death on himself against those odds.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
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