Meaning of “abject” in the English Dictionary

"abject" in British English

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abjectadjective

uk /ˈæb.dʒekt/ us /ˈæb.dʒekt/ formal

abject adjective (EXTREME)

abject misery, poverty, failure, etc.

the state of being extremely unhappy, poor, unsuccessful, etc.:

They live in abject poverty.
This policy has turned out to be an abject failure.
abjectly
adverb uk /ˈæb.dʒekt.li/ us /ˈæb.dʒekt.li/

(Definition of “abject” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"abject" in American English

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abjectadjective

us /ˈæb·dʒekt/

extreme and without hope:

They live in abject poverty.
My experiment was an abject failure.

(Definition of “abject” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)