Definition of 'abject'

See related content

Synonyms of "abject"
Synonyms of "abject"
French Translation of "abject"
French Translation of "abject"
Pronunciation Playlists
Pronunciation Playlists
Word of the day : geek chic
Word of the day : geek chic
Spanish Translation of "abject"
Spanish Translation of "abject"
NEW from Collins!
NEW from Collins!
Easy Learning English Grammar
Easy Learning English Grammar
Collins English Dictionary apps
Collins English Dictionary apps

Video: pronunciation of 'abject'

Example sentences containing 'abject'

These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
This time there was a little jostling followed by an abject apology. Times, Sunday Times (2017)I had access to extreme beauty, yet we lived in abject poverty. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Everything is so serious, so meticulous, all brought on by years of abject failure. The Sun (2016)Not at all well if one were to judge by their abject performance against Australia at the Principality stadium last weekend. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It prompted an abject apology from the secret service. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Selling it to the very organisation you bought it from is abject humiliation. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Why support a system that had the great mass of the populace in chains to abject poverty? Deborah Cadbury THE LOST KING OF FRANCE: Revolution, Revenge and the Search for Louis XVII (2002)The feeling of abject misery stuck to me like permanently wet clothes. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It was not a totally abject performance from his team. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It has turned out an abject humiliation. The Sun (2012)They have made no difference and the people live in abject poverty. The Sun (2014)Does anyone honestly want to return to that abject misery? The Sun (2015)But they still produced a string of abject performances. The Sun (2011)They gave an abject display in a match that was as entertaining as watching fish being shot in a barrel. Times, Sunday Times (2008)And it was probably just as well for them that so few were present to witness such an abject performance. The Sun (2012)Their failure was abject and total. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The plan was an abject failure. Times, Sunday Times (2016)What a moment of abject humiliation! Times, Sunday Times (2010)They produced a string of abject displays to lose 3-1. The Sun (2008)The failure is abject, irrespective of the result. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Outside the small, vibrant city centre there were signs of abject poverty. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The Japanese staff bowed their heads in abject misery. Max Hastings Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 194445 (2007)And no wonder after this abject display from City. The Sun (2010)What can one say about such an abject humiliation at Wembley? Times, Sunday Times (2007)The abject failure to admit to this is the big deceit of British politics. Times, Sunday Times (2015)He chose to live in abject poverty, sleeping rough and relying for his food on begging. Paul Martin MAKING HAPPY PEOPLE (2005)The editor avoided a prison sentence for'personal scurrilous abuse of a judge' only because of his abject apology. Times, Sunday Times (2008)

Trends of 'abject'

Used Occasionally. abject is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary

View usage over:

Translations for 'abject'

British English: abject ADJECTIVE
You use abject to emphasize that a situation or quality is extremely bad.
Both of them died in abject poverty.


Definition of abject from the Collins English Dictionary
New collocations added to dictionary
Collocations are words that are often used together and are brilliant at providing natural sounding language for your speech and writing.
Read more
Life on the edge
The desire to push the boundaries has been a motivator in many a daring expedition, testing the human spirit and physical abilities to the utmost. Indulge your adventurous spirit by exploring some associated ‘extreme’ vocabulary. Will you have the survival skills to master our quiz?
Read more
Study guides for every stage of your learning journey
Whether you're in search of a crossword puzzle, a detailed guide to tying knots, or tips on writing the perfect college essay, Harper Reference has you covered for all your study needs.
Read more
Collins English Dictionary Apps
Download our English Dictionary apps - available for both iOS and Android.
Read more
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
Read more
Word lists
We have almost 200 lists of words from topics as varied as types of butterflies, jackets, currencies, vegetables and knots! Amaze your friends with your new-found knowledge!
Read more
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.
Read more
13th edition of the Collins Dictionary out now!
Updated with all the very latest new words and senses, this new 13th edition is an unparalleled resource for word lovers, word gamers, and word geeks everywhere. #homeoflivingenglish
Read more
New collocations added to dictionary
Collocations are words that are often used together and are brilliant at providing natural sounding language for your speech and writing.
Read more
Create an account and sign in to access this FREE content
Register now or login in to access