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


  • IPA(key): /æbˈd͡ʒɛk.ʃn̩/
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abjection (countable and uncountable, 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.



  1. ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], →ISBN), page 4
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “abjection”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 5.



From Latin abiectiō.



abjection f (plural abjections)

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

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