ab·ject / ˈabˌjekt; abˈjekt/ • adj. 1. (of a situation or condition) extremely bad, unpleasant, and degrading: abject poverty. ∎ (of an unhappy state of mind) experienced to the maximum degree: abject misery. ∎ (of a failure) absolute and humiliating.2. (of a person or their behavior) completely without pride or dignity: an abject apology.DERIVATIVES: ab·jec·tion / abˈjekshən/ n.ab·ject·ly adv.ab·ject·ness n.