slavish


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slav·ish

 (slā′vĭsh)
adj.
1. Of or characteristic of a slave or slavery; servile: Her slavish devotion to her job ruled her life.
2. Showing no originality; blindly imitative: a slavish copy of the original.

slav′ish·ly adv.
slav′ish·ness n.

slavish

(ˈsleɪvɪʃ)
adj
1. of or befitting a slave
2. being or resembling a slave; servile
3. unoriginal; imitative
4. archaic ignoble
ˈslavishly adv
ˈslavishness n

slav•ish

(ˈsleɪ vɪʃ)

adj.
1. of or befitting a slave: slavish subjection.
2. being or resembling a slave; abjectly submissive.
3. deliberately imitative: a slavish reproduction.
4. base; mean; ignoble: slavish fears.
[1555–65]
slav′ish•ly, adv.
slav′ish•ness, n.
syn: See servile.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.slavish - blindly imitative; "a slavish copy of the original"
unoriginal - not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual; "the manuscript contained unoriginal emendations"; "his life had been unoriginal, conforming completely to the given pattern"- Gwethalyn Graham
2.slavish - abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant; "slavish devotion to her job ruled her life"; "a slavish yes-man to the party bosses"- S.H.Adams; "she has become submissive and subservient"
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"

slavish

slavish

adjective
1. Excessively eager to serve or obey:
2. Copying another in an inferior or obsequious way:
Translations
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slavish

[ˈsleɪvɪʃ] ADJservil, de esclavo

slavish

[ˈsleɪvɪʃ] adjservile

slavish

adj, slavishly
advsklavisch

slavish

[ˈsleɪvɪʃ] adj (pej) (devotion) → servile; (imitation) → pedissequo/a
References in classic literature ?
For she remembered now that but for their slavish devotion they might claim to be her equal.
I had had brothers myself, and it was no revelation to me that little girls could be slavish idolaters of little boys.
that common highway all over dented with the marks of slavish heels and hoofs; and turned me to admire the magnanimity of the sea which will permit no records.
Not that I humbled myself by a slavish notion of inferiority: on the contrary, I just said -
Now, was it not the depth of absurdity - of genuine idiotcy, for that pitiful, slavish, mean-minded brach to dream that I could love her?
The traditional parts of this system are, as Cervantes tried to show, for the chief part, barbarous and obsolete; the modern additions are largely due to the novel readers and writers of our own century--most of them half-educated women,rebelliously slavish, superstitious, sentimental, full of the intense egotism fostered by their struggle for personal liberty, and, outside their families, with absolutely no social sentiment except love.
Whether those holy lords I spoke of were always promoted to that rank upon account of their knowledge in religious matters, and the sanctity of their lives; had never been compliers with the times, while they were common priests; or slavish prostitute chaplains to some nobleman, whose opinions they continued servilely to follow, after they were admitted into that assembly?
But in order to oppress a class, certain conditions must be assured to it under which it can, at least, continue its slavish existence.
I had a sickly dread, too, of being ridiculous, and so had a slavish passion for the conventional in everything external.
Her mind wandered over her hopes and fears, recurring to her other labors, and the prices she received for occupations so wearying and slavish.
This slavish homage, instead of softening my heart, only pampered whatever was stern and exacting in its mood.
No doubt there are slavish women as well as slavish men; and women, like men, admire those that are stronger than themselves.