Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of casting away or down; the act of humbling or abasing; abasement.
  • noun The state of being cast down or away; hence, a low state; meanness of spirit; baseness; groveling humility; abjectness.
  • noun Rejection; expulsion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of bringing down or humbling.
  • noun rare The state of being rejected or cast out.
  • noun A low or downcast state; meanness of spirit; abasement; degradation.

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  • noun biology, mycology The act of dispersing or casting off spores.

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  • noun a low or downcast state

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Examples

  • A key point of the notion of abjection is that the abject is or was essentially a part of us in some profound sense.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • The term “sensation novels” emerges as a profoundly apt encapsulation of the qualities of strangeness this process of abjection is locked onto (and one that is a precursor of “genre fiction” and comparable with “coloured people” in its disregard for the sensationalist content of writers like Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Emily Brontë and countless others in the canon).

    What is Literary Fiction?

  • The term “sensation novels” emerges as a profoundly apt encapsulation of the qualities of strangeness this process of abjection is locked onto (and one that is a precursor of “genre fiction” and comparable with “coloured people” in its disregard for the sensationalist content of writers like Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Emily Brontë and countless others in the canon).

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • A key point of the notion of abjection is that the abject is or was essentially a part of us in some profound sense.

    What is Literary Fiction?

  • The thrown-off abject, the product of abjection, is thus the symbolic and disguised repository of that violence and basic otherness-of-the-self-within-itself, the means for staking out a supposed identity over against it.

    Hogle, Introduction, Frankenstein's Dream, Praxis Series, Romantic Circles

  • It doesn’t matter if abjection is motivated by an actual irrational response or if it’s all just a performative show.

    Bukiet on Brooklyn Books

  • But his love of life is wonderful; I go further: I, who sicken and freeze at the mere thought of him, when I recall the abjection and passion of this attachment, and when I know how he fears my power to cut him off by suicide, I find it in my heart to pity him.

    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

  • But his love of life is wonderful; I go further: I, who sicken and freeze at the mere thought of him, when I recall the abjection and passion of this attachment, and when I know how he fears my power to cut him off by suicide, I find it in my heart to pity him.

    Henry Jekyll’s Full Statement of the Case

  • But his love of me is wonderful; I go further: I, who sicken and freeze at the mere thought of him, when I recall the abjection and passion of this attachment, and when I know how he fears my power to cut him off by suicide, I find it in my heart to pity him.

    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

  • But his love of me is wonderful; I go further: I, who sicken and freeze at the mere thought of him, when I recall the abjection and passion of this attachment, and when I know how he fears my power to cut him off by suicide, I find it in my heart to pity him.

    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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