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1(servile)(slave/flattery) abyecto(slave/flattery) vil literary
- Since they are abject human beings, he implies, he does not have to engage them at that level.
- This enhances our shock when the abject figure of Winston is finally revealed, stripped of all humanity.
- Are parallels to the anarchic sensibilities of our own abject artists valid?
- From a position of optimism generated by a highly impressive presentation, potential winners had suddenly become abject losers, all the long hours of campaigning reduced to nothing.
- The regime controlled every aspect of life and reduced everyone to the level of abject obedience through terror.
- It is behaviour of such abject venality as to be almost beneath contempt.
- That would do a whole lot more for civilised and democratic behaviour than abject capitulation to these self-evident hypocrites.
- Surely no financial inducement can be worth such abject loss of dignity.
- Apologies, official, abject, routinely demanded, and formally offered, are considered not just a right but a requirement.
- Isn't humiliation on your own TV network, followed by an abject apology, enough?
- My behaviour, when I am conducting perfectly legitimate activity such as registering an insurance claim, is one of abject apology.
- Fine: then what is called for now is not triumphalism and gloating, but an abject apology.
- I returned from Siberia to a mountain of furious letters to which I could only write abject apologies.
- I compose abject apologies in my head and fill out the registration form.
- On the few occasions I was driven to use such chastisement, it felt like an abject admission of parental failure.
- The thrust of both books is his failure to protect the national interests of Britain and his abject subservience to the United States.
- I answered, staggered at this abject rudeness.
- If so, I would have to address it as men have always done: by persistence, alternating reasoned argument with abject pleas and fawning adulation.
- Now it was back to the bad old days of abject surrender.
- However, this is actually an abject admission of failure.
2(contemptible)abyectovil literaryan act of abject cowardice — un acto de abyecta cobardía
3(pitiable)(condition) lamentablein abject poverty — en la mayor miseria
- One never knows why these people are thrown into a society where there is no development and these people are living in horrendous conditions of abject poverty.
- I remember Mississippi tin shacks - those were abject conditions.
- Few will dispute that a person in abject condition suffers a profound affront to his sense of dignity and intrinsic worth.
- He was compelled to comment on the causes of the tragedy and the abject conditions that prevailed on the reservation.
- On shore, the housing conditions were abject.
- She saw firsthand the abject conditions of the working people there.
- Indeed, they were intended to insult and humiliate with reference to such an abject condition.
- Most live in conditions so abject that there is little to distinguish them from the most wretched chattel slaves of the past.
- A lot has been written about the abject state of health in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world.