(Ab`i*og"e*nist) n. (Biol.) One who believes that life can be produced independently of
(Ab`i*og"e*nous) a. (Biol.) Produced by spontaneous generation.
(Ab`i*og"e*ny) n. (Biol.) Same as Abiogenesis.
(Ab`i*o*log"ic*al) a. [Gr. 'a priv. + E. biological.] Pertaining to the study of inanimate
(Ab*ir"ri*tant) n. (Med.) A medicine that diminishes irritation.
(Ab*ir"ri*tate) v. t. [Pref. ab- + irritate.] (Med.) To diminish the sensibility of; to debilitate.
(Ab*ir`ri*ta"tion) n. (Med.) A pathological condition opposite to that of irritation; debility; want
of strength; asthenia.
(Ab*ir"ri*ta*tive) a. (Med.) Characterized by abirritation or debility.
(A*bit") 3d sing. pres. of Abide. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Ab"ject) a. [L. abjectus, p. p. of abjicere to throw away; ab + jacere to throw. See Jet a
1. Cast down; low- lying. [Obs.]
From the safe shore their floating carcasses
And broken chariot wheels; so thick bestrown
Abject and lost
lay these, covering the flood.
2. Sunk to a law condition; down in spirit or hope; degraded; servile; groveling; despicable; as, abject posture,
fortune, thoughts. "Base and abject flatterers." Addison. "An abject liar." Macaulay.
And banish hence these abject, lowly dreams.
Syn. Mean; groveling; cringing; mean-spirited; slavish; ignoble; worthless; vile; beggarly; contemptible; degraded.
(Ab*ject") v. t. [From Abject, a.] To cast off or down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower; to
debase. [Obs.] Donne.
(Ab"ject) n. A person in the lowest and most despicable condition; a castaway. [Obs.]
Shall these abjects, these victims, these outcasts, know any thing of pleasure?
(Ab*ject"ed*ness) n. A very abject or low condition; abjectness. [R.] Boyle.
(Ab*jec"tion) n. [F. abjection, L. abjectio.]
1. The act of bringing down or humbling. "The abjection of the king and his realm." Joe.
2. The state of being rejected or cast out. [R.]
An adjection from the beatific regions where God, and his angels and saints, dwell forever.
3. A low or downcast state; meanness of spirit; abasement; degradation.
That this should be termed baseness, abjection of mind, or servility, is it credible?