Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being abject; abasement; meanness; servility.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being abject, mean-spirited, or degraded; abasement; servility.

Etymologies

From abject +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • While dress-up abjectness on the part of artists is OK, the art should look genuine.

    Laying Claim to Its Place in the Sun

  • The abjectness of their servitude is incomprehensible to us.

    Chapter 5: The Philomaths

  • Billy moaned and groaned in the abjectness of humility and surrender, and let her have her way.

    CHAPTER V

  • Bashti, who had lived so long that he was a philosopher who minded pain little and the loss of a finger less, chuckled and chirped his satisfaction and pride of achievement in the outcome, while his three old wives, who lived only at the nod of his head, fawned under him on the floor in the abjectness of servile congratulation and worship.

    CHAPTER XI

  • His back was bowed up, the very opposite muscular position to that for a spring, while he drew his head more and more down and under his chest in utter abjectness, resting his weight on his elbows and shielding his poor nose with his massive paws, a single stroke of which could have ripped the life of Collins quivering from his body.

    CHAPTER XXVII

  • White Fang crawled slowly, cringing and grovelling in the abjectness of his abasement and submission.

    The Trail of the Gods

  • Was it totally misheard of for a single heart to beat so richly that in all the abjectness, all the pain, the stripping of pride, the suffering, and the loss, not one beating heart could attract a blessing wished for to the doors of reality?

    Good Fortune

  • This problem is not confined to high-tech companies, of course, though the problem is worse there because of the abjectness with which the public and media prostrate themselves at those companies' feet.

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  • Although Hermann rarely ever beat his children, his constant threats of corporal punishment reduced the child Franz to a state of submission and abjectness.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • There will be political cover; perhaps some fig leaf to cover the abjectness of it all; but the basic position is this: if Nasrallah believes neither Obama nor Brown are willing to cross him, he will spit in their face and know they will take it.

    Archive 2009-04-01

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