Article »

abject - vocabulary

This Grammar.com article is about abject - vocabulary — enjoy your reading!

abject - adjective

Sunk to a low condition, miserable, degraded, without self-respect, of the lowest kind.

Note: Often used in the cliché, abject poverty, where abject serves only as an intensifier.

I do not think that an old fellow like me need have been sitting here to try and prevent your entertaining abject notions of yourselves, and talking of yourselves in an abject and ignoble way: but to prevent there being by chance among you any such young men as, after recognising their kindred to the Gods, and their bondage in these chains of the body and its manifold necessities, should desire to cast them off as burdens too grievous to be borne, and depart to their true kindred. This is the struggle in which your Master and Teacher, were he worthy of the name, should be engaged.

—Epictetus The Golden Sayings of Epictetus

Note: You may download the Grammar eBook Build Your Vocabulary and get all 406 vocabulary words.

 

Previous Word: abase Next Word: abjure

Have a discussion about this article with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this article to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"abject - vocabulary." Grammar.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 21 Nov. 2017. <http://www.grammar.com/abject-vocabulary>.

Free Writing Tool:

Instant
Grammar Checker

Improve your grammar, vocabulary, and writing -- and it's FREE!


Improve your writing now:

Download Grammar eBooks

It’s now more important than ever to develop a powerful writing style. After all, most communication takes place in reports, emails, and instant messages.