August 4, 2021

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Word of the Day: abject

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1. of the most contemptible kind

2. most unfortunate or miserable

3. showing utter resignation or hopelessness

4. showing humiliation or submissiveness

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The word abject has appeared in 79 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Aug. 1 in “The War on Frats” by Ezra Marcus:

In the past month, hundreds of students have dropped out of their fraternities and sororities at Vanderbilt University. They have gathered, digitally, using group-run Instagram activist pages. They have written searing op-eds condemning their own organizations for the student newspaper, The Vanderbilt Hustler.

And they have petitioned the administration to ban Greek organizations from campus.

… In college student newspapers, some have criticized the Abolish Greek Life movement for painting fraternities and sororities with too broad a brush. “AGL is wrong to characterize every Greek chapter as irredeemable,” wrote Jared Bauman, a Vanderbilt student, in a Vanderbilt Hustler op-ed, referring to the Abolish Greek Life movement. “My fraternity might not be perfect, but it’s a far cry from the image of abject depravity that AGL projects.”

Can you correctly use the word abject in a sentence?

Based on the definition and example provided, write a sentence using today’s Word of the Day and share it as a comment on this article. It is most important that your sentence makes sense and demonstrates that you understand the word’s definition, but we also encourage you to be creative and have fun.

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If you want a better idea of how abject can be used in a sentence, read these usage examples on Vocabulary.com.

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