abjectly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

abject +‎ -ly. From Middle English.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /abˈd͡ʒɛkt.li/, /ˈab.d͡ʒɛkt.li/
  • (US) IPA(key): /æbˈd͡ʒɛkt.li/, /æbˈd͡ʒɛk.li/
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Adverb[edit]

abjectly (comparative more abjectly, superlative most abjectly)

  1. With great shame, desperately; in an abject fashion. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
    I abjectly apologise for the damage I have done.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
      So, deprived of one leg, and the strange ship of course being altogether unsupplied with the kindly invention, Ahab now found himself abjectly reduced to a clumsy landsman again;

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  1. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 5