abject

If it reeks of humiliation or looks like the lowest of lows, then you can safely describe it as abject.

The pronunciation of abject is up for debate: you can decide whether to stress the first or the second syllable. But what's more important is understanding how extreme this adjective is. Abject means absolutely miserable, the most unfortunate, with utter humiliation. You might have heard the phrase abject poverty, which is the absolute worst, most hopeless level of poverty you've ever seen.

Definitions of abject
  1. adjective
    of the most contemptible kind
    abject cowardice”
    synonyms: low, low-down, miserable, scummy, scurvy
    contemptible, misbegotten
    deserving of contempt or scorn
  2. adjective
    most unfortunate or miserable
    “the most abject slaves joined in the revolt”
    abject poverty”
    Synonyms:
    unfortunate
    not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune
  3. adjective
    showing utter resignation or hopelessness
    abject surrender”
    synonyms: unhopeful
    hopeless
    without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success
  4. adjective
    showing humiliation or submissiveness
    “an abject apology”
    Synonyms:
    submissive
    inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination
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