- (UK) IPA(key): /abˈd͡ʒɛkt.li/, /ˈab.d͡ʒɛkt.li/
- (US) IPA(key): /æbˈd͡ʒɛkt.li/, /æbˈd͡ʒɛk.li/
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- With great shame, desperately; in an abject fashion. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- I abjectly apologise for the damage I have done.
- 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick:
- So, deprived of one leg, and the strange ship of course being altogether unsupplied with the kindly invention, Ahab now found himself abjectly reduced to a clumsy landsman again;
- (somewhat) proudly
with great shame, desperately; in an abject fashion
- ^ “abjectly” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 5.