abject poverty


abject poverty
great poverty, so poor there is no hope

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • abject — ab ject ([a^]b j[e^]kt), a. [L. abjectus, p. p. of abjicere to throw away; ab + jacere to throw. See {Jet} a shooting forth.] 1. Cast down; low lying. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] From the safe shore their floating carcasses And broken chariot wheels;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abject — ► ADJECTIVE 1) extremely unpleasant and degrading: abject poverty. 2) completely without pride or dignity: an abject apology. DERIVATIVES abjection noun abjectly adverb abjectness noun. ORIGIN Latin abjectus rejected , from jacere to throw …   English terms dictionary

  • abject — [ab′jekt΄, ab jekt′] adj. [ME < L abjectus, pp. of abjicere, to throw away < ab , from + jacere, to throw: see JET1] 1. of the lowest degree; miserable; wretched [abject poverty] 2. lacking self respect; degraded [an abject coward] SYN.… …   English World dictionary

  • poverty — poverty, indigence, penury, want, destitution, privation all denote the state of one who is poor or without enough to live upon. Poverty, the most comprehensive of these terms, typically implies such deficiency of resources that one is deprived… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Poverty in India — One third of India s population (roughly equivalent to the entire population of the United States) lives below the poverty line and India is home to one third of the world s poor people.Though the middle class has gained from recent positive… …   Wikipedia

  • poverty — pov|er|ty W3 [ˈpɔvəti US ˈpa:vərti] n [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: poverté, from Latin paupertas, from pauper; POOR] 1.) [U] the situation or experience of being poor →↑poor, impoverished ↑impoverished ▪ Millions of elderly people live …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • abject — [[t]æ̱bʤekt[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (emphasis) You use abject to emphasize that a situation or quality is extremely bad. Both of them died in abject poverty... This scheme was an abject failure. Syn: total Derived words: abjectly ADV GRADED …   English dictionary

  • abject — ab|ject [ˈæbdʒekt] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of abicere, from ab away + jacere to throw ] 1.) abject poverty/misery/failure etc the state of being extremely poor, unhappy, unsuccessful etc 2.) an abject action or… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • abject — adjective 1 abject poverty/misery/failure etc the state of being extremely poor, unhappy, unsuccessful etc 2 an abject action or expression shows that you feel very ashamed: an abject apology abjectly adverb abjection noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • abject — adjective 1) abject poverty Syn: wretched, miserable, hopeless, pathetic, pitiful, pitiable, piteous, sorry, woeful, lamentable, degrading, appalling, atrocious, awful 2) an abject sinner …   Thesaurus of popular words


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