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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-jekt, ab-jekt]
    • /ˈæb dʒɛkt, æbˈdʒɛkt/
    • /ˈæb.dʒekt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-jekt, ab-jekt]
    • /ˈæb dʒɛkt, æbˈdʒɛkt/

Definitions of abjectly word

  • adjective abjectly utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched: abject poverty. 1
  • adjective abjectly contemptible; despicable; base-spirited: an abject coward. 1
  • adjective abjectly shamelessly servile; slavish. 1
  • adjective abjectly Obsolete. cast aside. 1
  • noun abjectly With great shame, desperately; in an abject fashion. (First attested around 1350 to 1470.). 1

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Origin of abjectly

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin abjectus thrown down (past participle of abicere, abjicere), equivalent to ab- ab- + -jec- throw + -tus past participle suffix

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Parts of speech for Abjectly


abjectly popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 59% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

abjectly usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abjectly

adv abjectly

  • meanly — moderately.
  • obscurely — (of meaning) not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain: an obscure sentence in the contract.
  • poorly — in a poor manner or way: The team played poorly.
  • simply — in a simple manner; clearly and easily.
  • apologetically — containing an apology or excuse for a fault, failure, insult, injury, etc.: An apologetic letter to his creditors explained the delay.

adverb abjectly

  • wretchedly — very unfortunate in condition or circumstances; miserable; pitiable.
  • miserably — wretchedly unhappy, uneasy, or uncomfortable: miserable victims of war.
  • desolately — barren or laid waste; devastated: a treeless, desolate landscape.
  • despairingly — given to despair or hopelessness.
  • despondently — feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom: despondent about failing health.

Antonyms for abjectly

adv abjectly

  • proudly — feeling pleasure or satisfaction over something regarded as highly honorable or creditable to oneself (often followed by of, an infinitive, or a clause).
  • boastfully — given to or characterized by boasting.
  • haughtily — disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious: haughty aristocrats; a haughty salesclerk.

adverb abjectly

  • cheerfully — full of cheer; in good spirits: a cheerful person.
  • confidently — having strong belief or full assurance; sure: confident of fulfillment.

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