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Abjection   Listen
noun
Abjection  n.  
1.
The act of bringing down or humbling. "The abjection of the king and his realm."
2.
The state of being rejected or cast out. (R.) "An abjection from the beatific regions where God, and his angels and saints, dwell forever."
3.
A low or downcast state; meanness of spirit; abasement; degradation. "That this should be termed baseness, abjection of mind, or servility, is it credible?"






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"Abjection" Quotes from Famous Books



... extraordinarily special to Kate that he felt himself shrink from the complications involved in judging it. Not to give away the woman one loved, but to back her up in her mistakes—once they had gone a certain length—that was perhaps chief among the inevitabilities of the abjection of love. Loyalty was of course supremely prescribed in presence of any design on her part, however roundabout, to do one nothing ...
— The Wings of the Dove, Volume II • Henry James

... the stair, her height accented by her gown of white, stood Marian Devereux, hesitating an instant, as a bird pauses before taking wing, and then laughingly running between the lines to where Olivia faced her in mock abjection. To the charm of the girl in the woodland was added now the dignity of beautiful womanhood, and my heart leaped at the thought that I had ever spoken to her, that I was there because she had taunted me ...
— The House of a Thousand Candles • Meredith Nicholson

... as he had never known anything—that, should he see the door open, it would all too abjectly be the end of him. It would mean that the agent of his shame—for his shame was the deep abjection—was once more at large and in general possession; and what glared him thus in the face was the act that this would determine for him. It would send him straight about to the window he had left open, and by that window, be long ladder ...
— The Jolly Corner • Henry James

... chagrin at that which had befallen and for grief for her separation from her husband. Moreover, she refused meat and drink and offered to cast herself into the sea; but the Magian shackled her and straitened her and clad her in a gown of wool and said to her, 'I will continue thee in misery and abjection till thou obey me and consent to my wishes.' So she took patience and looked for God to deliver her from the hand of that accursed one; and she ceased not to travel with him from place to place till he came with her to the city wherein her husband was ...
— Tales from the Arabic Volumes 1-3 • John Payne



Words linked to "Abjection" :   decadence, degradation, decadency, abasement, degeneration, degeneracy, depth



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