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Definition extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
  • As the world grows more affluent, our definition of abject poverty changes.
abject = extreme
  • The program was an abject failure.
  • abject = extreme
  • She grew up in abject poverty; though she didn't know it.
  • abject = extreme
  • 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
  • We are not content with negative obedience, nor even with the most abject submission.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • abject = extremely submissive
  • A look from Mustapha Mond reduced him to an abject silence.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • abject = extremely submissive
  • When his underpants came down, it was with abject humiliation that he stood in the small, cool office.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • abject = extreme
  • From the foldings of its robe, it brought two children; wretched, abject, frightful, hideous, miserable.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • abject = extremely miserable
  • Tell your master, Nelly, that I never, in all my life, met with such an abject thing as she is.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • abject = extremely miserable
  • After that the British shouldn't remain in Holland: they should offer their most abject apologies to all the occupied countries, restore the Dutch East Indies to its rightful owner and then return, weakened and impoverished, to England.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • abject = extreme
  • To be a great and virtuous man appeared the highest honour that can befall a sensitive being; to be base and vicious, as many on record have been, appeared the lowest degradation, a condition more abject than that of the blind mole or harmless worm.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • abject = extremely bad
  • 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
  • abjectly = in an extremely miserable, hopeless manner
  • 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
  • abject = extreme (in a negative sense)
  • Well . . . sure good to be together again. Arguing. Almost dying. Abject terror.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • abject = extreme
  • to make a loathsome abject scorn of me:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • abject = extreme
  • It was made up partially of hope and excitement, and partially of abject fear.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • abject = extreme
  • To my abject horror...
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • abject = extreme
  • 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
abject = extremely miserable, low and submissive

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