abjection

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English abjeccioun, from either Middle French abjection or Late Latin abjection-, abiectiō, from abjectus (cast down).[1][2]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /æbˈd͡ʒɛk.ʃn̩/

Noun[edit]

abjection (plural abjections)

  1. A low or downcast condition; meanness of spirit; abasement; degradation. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).][2]
    "An abjection from the beatific regions where God, and his angels and saints, dwell forever."
  2. (obsolete, chiefly figuratively) Something cast off; garbage. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 16th century.][2]
  3. (obsolete) The act of bringing down or humbling; casting down. [Attested from the early 16th century until the mid 17th century.][2]
    "The abjection of the king and his realm."
  4. (obsolete) The act of casting off; rejection. [Attested from the early 17th century until the mid 17th century.][2]
  5. (biology, mycology) The act of dispersing or casting off spores.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], ISBN 0-87779-101-5), page 4
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 5

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

abject +‎ -tion

Noun[edit]

abjection f (plural abjections)

  1. (literary) Something that is worthy of utter contempt.

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