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- From Middle English abjeccioun, from either Middle French abjection or Late Latin abjection-, abiectiō, from abjectus (“cast down”).
- See abject.
abjection (plural abjections)
- A low or downcast condition; meanness of spirit; abasement; degradation. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
- "An abjection from the beatific regions where God, and his angels and saints, dwell forever."
- (obsolete, chiefly figuratively) Something cast off; garbage. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 16th century.]
- (obsolete) The act of bringing down or humbling; casting down. [Attested from the early 16th century until the mid 17th century.]
- "The abjection of the king and his realm."
- (obsolete) The act of casting off; rejection. [Attested from the early 17th century until the mid 17th century.]
- (biology, mycology) The act of dispersing or casting off spores.
the act of bringing down or humbling
the state of being rejected or cast out
- ^ 1976 , Gove, Philip Babcock editor, Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged, Springfield, MA: G. & C. Merriam Co., ISBN 0-87779-101-5, page 4:
- 2003 , Brown, Lesley editor, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, edition 5th, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7, page 5:
abjection f (plural abjections)
- (literary) Something that is worthy of utter contempt.