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of the most contemptible kind

most unfortunate or miserable

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showing utter resignation or hopelessness

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showing humiliation or submissiveness

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In both of these stories, women protagonists are able to transform their personal losses and reintegrate with the social world; traumatic moments become an "aesthetic and political rite of passage from abjectness to agency" (130).
Not easy when you're an older dad and your joints heave under the weight of your physical abjectness.
As Manfred Malzahn and Muhammad Abu al-Fadl Badran argue, "the crimes begin when the monsters have to suffer the inadvertent addition of insult to injury, in form of a daily reminder of the abjectness of their condition" (11).
Poverty and abjectness were endemic throughout the ancient world; one might say they appeared to be the natural condition of mankind.
9) As the butt of Reason's joke, the fool works to demonstrate the ridiculousness, the abjectness, and the queerness of those misogynistic views that Christine has come to entertain.
This shot emphasises the abjectness of the vampire body and reminds us that the vampire represents the lifeless body reanimated.
No other aspect of the tributary relationship so clearly demonstrated the abjectness of the Koreans' submission to the Chinese emperor or the contempt in which the Chinese held their loyal neighbors" (Clark 1998, 291).
In a film so invested in the symbolic meaning of Dean, Story ends appropriately with a deleted scene from East of Eden in which Cal Trask (Dean) emotionally recalls his abjectness.
Instead, the colonized must realize that in their abjectness they 'cannot form the basis of a desirable, socially sanctioned identity' which means, very positively, that 'there is no sociologically defined limit--ethnic, tribal, religious, sexual--on the possibilities for affiliation with the cause' (p119).
I quickly grew impatient," Boo explains, "with poignant snapshots of Indian squalor: the ribby children with flies in their eyes and other emblems of abjectness that one can't help but see within five minutes of walking into a slum.
Henry, however, with "the eagerness which was without abjectness, the humility which surrendered no pride," with "the entire proffering of the spirit" (254) has also no chance to take the place of the object petit a, and thus needs to be discarded as well.
The sheer abjectness of the apology had stunned him.
The walk in many modernist novels functions as a possible pivot point for characters' life narratives, and these walks manage to create in the reader the same exuberance of possibility (or the abjectness of metaphysical dread) that a departure from habitual life creates, while at the same time reminding the reader of how over-written the landscape (the literal colonized landscape, the mental and social landscape, the narrative landscape) always already is.
Of more interest are the rarer extremes of compassion and malice, and on these Conrad lavishes much Schopenhauerian subtlety, while the "abject and intense hate" of the "mean, cowardly scoundrel" Cornelius shows only the "innate irremediable abjectness of his nature" (Lord 288, 324).
In this temperamental way, Gregg is also kin to immodest dramatists like Akhmatova and Sappho, enthusiasts of ruin, poets given to abjectness and heroism, who hurl themselves on the bonfire of passion with a kind of ecstatic relish.