servile


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ser·vile

 (sûr′vəl, -vīl′)
adj.
1. Abjectly submissive; slavish.
2.
a. Of or suitable to a slave or servant.
b. Of or relating to servitude or forced labor.

[Middle English, from Latin servīlis, from servus, slave.]

ser′vile·ly adv.
ser′vile·ness, ser·vil′i·ty (sər-vĭl′ĭ-tē) n.

servile

(ˈsɜːvaɪl)
adj
1. obsequious or fawning in attitude or behaviour; submissive
2. of or suitable for a slave
3. existing in or relating to a state of slavery
4. (when: postpositive, foll by to) submitting or obedient
[C14: from Latin servīlis, from servus slave]
ˈservilely adv
servility, ˈservileness n

ser•vile

(ˈsɜr vɪl, -vaɪl)

adj.
1. slavishly submissive or obsequious; fawning: servile flatterers.
2. characteristic of, proper to, or customary for slaves; abject: servile obedience.
3. of, pertaining to, or involving slaves, slavery, servants, or servitude.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin servīlis=serv(us) slave + -īlis -ile2]
ser′vile•ly, adv.
ser•vil′i•ty, ser′vile•ness, n.
syn: servile, obsequious, slavish describe the submissive or compliant behavior of a slave or an inferior. servile suggests cringing, fawning, and abject submission: servile responses to questions. obsequious implies the ostentatious subordination of oneself to the wishes of another, either from fear or from hope of gain: an obsequious waiter. slavish stresses the dependence and laborious toil of one who follows or obeys without question: slavish attentiveness to orders.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.servile - submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior; "spoke in a servile tone"; "the incurably servile housekeeper"; "servile tasks such as floor scrubbing and barn work"
unservile, unsubmissive - not servile or submissive
2.servile - relating to or involving slaves or appropriate for slaves or servants; "Brown's attempt at servile insurrection"; "the servile wars of Sicily"; "servile work"
unfree - held in servitude; "he was born of slave parents"

servile

servile

adjective
Excessively eager to serve or obey:
Translations
ذَليل، مُبالِغ في الطاعَه، عَبْدي
servilní
servilunderdanig
szolgai
òrælslega auîmjúkur
keliaklupsčiaujantiskeliaklupsčiavimasnuolankiai
verdzisks
köleye yakışır

servile

[ˈsɜːvaɪl] ADJservil

servile

[ˈsɜːrvaɪl] adjservile

servile

adjunterwürfig; obediencesklavisch

servile

[ˈsɜːvaɪl] adj (pej) → servile

servile

(ˈsəːvail) adjective
excessively obedient or respectful. servile obedience/flattery.
ˈservilely adverb
serˈvility (-ˈvi-) noun
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Abashed glances of servile wonder were exchanged by the sailors, as this was said; and with fascinated eyes they awaited whatever magic might follow.
She also is dressed with great neatness, and her white, delicate hands betray very little acquaintance with servile toil.
There is something servile in the habit of seeking after a law which we may obey.
He was just proud enough to demand the most debasing homage of the slave, and quite servile enough to crouch, himself, at the feet of the master.
They were obsequious and servile and did not presume to talk to their masters as if they were their equals.
He said those words with a conciliatory smile which was more than helpless; it was absolutely servile in its dependence on his judicious friend.
What a launch in life I think it now, on looking back, to be so mean and servile to a man of such parts and pretensions!
It might," said the servile Pumblechook, putting down his untasted glass in a hurry and getting up again, "to a common person, have the appearance of repeating - but may I - ?
Suppose he should relent And publish Grace to all, on promise made Of new Subjection; with what eyes could we Stand in his presence humble, and receive Strict Laws impos'd, to celebrate his Throne With warbl'd Hymns, and to his Godhead sing Forc't Halleluiah's; while he Lordly sits Our envied Sovran, and his Altar breathes Ambrosial Odours and Ambrosial Flowers, Our servile offerings.
I could think of nothing better than to give him a servile imitation of this attitude of despair.
Some take the broad road of overweening ambition; others that of mean and servile flattery; others that of deceitful hypocrisy, and some that of true religion; but I, led by my star, follow the narrow path of knight-errantry, and in pursuit of that calling I despise wealth, but not honour.
There are some who would be inclined to regard the servile pliancy of the Executive to a prevailing current, either in the community or in the legislature, as its best recommendation.