What is the difference between degrade and abject?

degrade | abject |


As verbs the difference between degrade and abject

is that degrade is {{context|transitive|lang=en}} to lower in value or social position while abject is {{context|transitive|obsolete|lang=en}} to cast off or out; to reject {{defdate|attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 17th century}}.

As a adjective abject is

{{context|obsolete|lang=en}} rejected; cast aside {{defdate|attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the early 17th century}}{{reference-book | last =| first = | authorlink = | coauthors = | editor =brown, lesley | others = | title = the shorter oxford english dictionary | origdate = | origyear = 1933| origmonth = | url = | format = | accessdate = | accessyear = | accessmonth = | edition = 5th | date = | year =2003| month = | publisher =oxford university press | location =oxford, uk | language = | id = | doi = | isbn =978-0-19-860575-7 | lccn = | ol = | pages =5| chapter = | chapterurl = | quote =}}.

As a noun abject is

a person in the lowest and most despicable condition; a castaway; outcast {{defdate|first attested from the late 15th century}}.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

degrade

English

Verb

(degrad)
  • To lower in value or social position.
  • Fred degrades himself by his behaviour.
  • * Palfrey
  • Prynne was sentenced by the Star Chamber Court to be degraded from the bar.
  • To reduce in quality or purity.
  • The DNA sample has degraded .
  • (geology) To reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains; to wear down.
  • Derived terms

    * degradation

    abject

    English

    Etymology 1

    * From (etyl) .

    Adjective

    (en-adj)
  • (obsolete) Rejected; cast aside.
  • Sunk to or existing in a low condition, state, or position.
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  • Cast down in spirit or hope; degraded; servile; grovelling; despicable; lacking courage; offered in a humble and often ingratiating spirit.
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  • Showing utter hopelessness; helplessness; showing resignation; wretched.
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  • Usage notes
    * Nouns to which "abject" is often applied: poverty, fear, terror, submission, misery, failure, state, condition, apology, humility, servitude, manner, coward.
    Synonyms
    * beggarly, contemptible, cringing, degraded, groveling, ignoble, mean, mean-spirited, slavish, vile, worthless

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A person in the lowest and most despicable condition; a castaway; outcast.
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  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) abjecten, derived from the adjective form.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To cast off or out; to reject.
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  • (obsolete) To cast down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower; to debase.
  • (John Donne)

    References

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