One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘many such families are living in abject poverty’
wretched, miserable, hopeless, pathetic, pitiful, pitiable, piteous, stark, sorry, forlorn, woeful, lamentable, degrading, appalling, atrocious, awful
2‘an abject sinner’
contemptible, base, low, vile, worthless, debased, degraded, despicable, ignominious, mean, unworthy, sordid, ignoble, shabby
3‘an abject apology’
obsequious, grovelling, crawling, creeping, fawning, toadyish, servile, cringing, snivelling, ingratiating, toadying, sycophantic, submissive, craven, humiliating
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