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Definition extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • A look from Mustapha Mond reduced him to an abject silence.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • abject = extreme and miserable
  • 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
  • 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
  • abject = extreme
  • Then, what submission, what cringing and fawning, what servility, what abject humiliation
    Dickens, Charles  --  A Tale Of Two Cities
  • 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.
    Crane, Stephen  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • And banish hence these abject lowly dreams.
    Shakespeare, William  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • abject cowardice
  • They are strong and hardy, but of a cowardly spirit, and, by consequence, insolent, abject, and cruel.
    Swift, Jonathan  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • All that their most abject compliances could obtain from him was a toleration of the exercise of their laws.
    Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
  • That he should be so abject, base, and poor,
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 1

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