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Abjection is sometimes a misspelling of objection.

Definition of the noun abjection

What does abjection mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: abjections

  1. a low or downcast state

Alternative definition of the noun abjection


  1. The act of bringing down or humbling.
  2. [uncommon] The state of being rejected or cast out.
  3. A low or downcast condition; meanness of spirit; abasement; degradation.


Abjection: The term abjection literally means "the state of being cast off". In usage it has connotations of degradation, baseness and meanness of spirit; but has been explored in post-structuralism as that which inherently disturbs conventional identity and cultural concepts.

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Google previewKristeva Reframed (2011)

Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts by Estelle Barrett

All abjection is a recognition of want for the maternal body on which being, meaning, language and desire are founded. Because want is preliminary to being and object, the child has a sense of the abject even before things are, and drives ...

Google previewReligion and European Philosophy (2017)

Key Thinkers from Kant to Žižek by Philip Goodchild, Hollis Phelps

Abjection is a theory that Kristeva developed from the writings and practice of Klein, expanding its application and use as a concept. Klein described the relationship between the mother and child as part of the Oedipal trio (Mother, Father, ...

Google previewRevolting Subjects (2013)

Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain by Imogen Tyler

Social abjection is an apt interpretive frame through which to examine neoliberal practices of state-making because, as numerous political philosophers have detailed, state power is constituted through exclusion (see, for example, the work of ...

Google previewTabloid Terror (2007)

War, Culture, and Geopolitics by Francois Debrix

Abjection is a search for the meaning of “oneself,” of one's body, without recourse to subjectivity or a need for objectivity.

Google previewSuffering Religion (2003)

by Robert Gibbs, Elliot R. Wolfson, Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies Elliot R Wolfson

Abjection is the most horrific of all human experiences, as horrific—perhaps even , for reasons we shall have to try to...

abjection is that which precedes or founds the ...

Google previewNegative Ecstasies (2015)

Georges Bataille and the Study of Religion by Kent L. Brintnall

Abjection is the limit experience in which life presents a challenge to the human world. The restricted economy of the...

Abjection is a reactive feeling we have when faced with the interlacing of life and death. We cannot reckon with the fact that ...

Google previewAbjection, Melancholia and Love (2012)

The Work of Julia Kristeva by John Fletcher, Andrew Benjamin

Abjection is the underside of the symbolic. It is What the symbolic must reject, cover over and contain.

Abjection is a by-product of the social and psychical investment in and privileging of ...

Google previewFeminist Philosophy and the Problem of Evil (2007)

by Robin May Schott

Abjection is the place between signs; it is a trace, a rhythm, an excess or disturbance that destabilizes and threatens to undermine all signifying processes . Abjection, therefore, is that place “where the subject is both generated and negated, ...

Google previewAfrican American Gothic (2012)

Screams from Shadowed Places by M. Wester

Abjection is that which is utterly denied within the self and projected onto an Other body. The abject monster, like...

Thus, abjection is the process in which we essentially “kill parts of ourselves in order to be” (Cavallaro 206). In order to function ...

Google previewAuschwitz and Afterimages (2011)

Abjection, Witnessing and Representation by Nicholas Chare

Abjection is before the time of mirrors; acoustic, visual or otherwise.41 It is the precondition without which no identification with an Other can take place. Abjection is a tenuous shaping that permits the self to take shape in an outside of itself.

Google previewBodies (2004)

Exploring Fluid Boundaries by Robyn Longhurst

Abjection is a result of complex, culturally and tempo- rally defined social constructions of the pregnant subject. There is nothing intrinsic to the biological formations of pregnancy that requires a loathing of pregnant embodiment. Containers ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Human Geography (2011)

by Derek Gregory, Ron Johnston, Geraldine Pratt, Michael Watts, Sarah Whatmore

abjection. A psychoanalytic concept that describes a psychic process through which the pure, proper and bounded body and IDENTITY emerge by expelling what is deemed impure, horrific or disgusting. The abject refers to bodily by- products ...

Google previewDictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (2012)

by J. A. Cuddon

abjection. A psychoanalytic concept developed by Julia Kristeva in Powers of Horror (1980) to explain the formation and maintenance of subjectivity. For Kristeva, subject formation - that is, the development of a discrete 'l' - occurs in early ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (2015)

by Chris Baldick

abjection. A psychological process of 'casting off', identified and theorized by the BulgarianFrench psychoanalytic philosopher Julia Kristeva as the basis of horror and revulsion, and so subsequently adopted by literary critics in attempted ...

Google previewThe Aldrich Dictionary of Phobias and Other Word Families (2002)

by Chris Aldrich

abjection down; abasement; degradation; humiliation; rejection abjection addition; adding on; appending; annexing alinjection alcohol; injectionof alcohol for the handling and preservation of histological and pathological specimens bijection ...

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The abjection of our political situation is the only true challenge today. Only facing up to this situation in all its desperation can help us get out of it. (Jean Baudrillard)
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Scrabble value of A1B3J8E1C3T1I1O1N1

The value of this 9-letter word is 20 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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