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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Whether they be servile before Gods and divine spurnings, or before men and stupid human opinions: at ALL kinds of slaves doth it spit, this blessed selfishness!
The spurious wise, however, all the priests, the world-weary, and those whose souls are of feminine and servile nature--oh, how hath their game all along abused selfishness!
Abashed glances of servile wonder were exchanged by the sailors, as this was said; and with fascinated eyes they awaited whatever magic might follow.
Riches gotten by service, though it be of the best rise, yet when they are gotten by flattery, feeding humors, and other servile conditions, they may be placed amongst the worst.
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.
But it is impossible to express his noble resentment at our savage treatment of the HOUYHNHNM race; particularly after I had explained the manner and use of castrating horses among us, to hinder them from propagating their kind, and to render them more servile. He said, "if it were possible there could be any country where YAHOOS alone were endued with reason, they certainly must be the governing animal; because reason in time will always prevail against brutal strength.
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.
Boris belonged to the latter and no one else, while showing servile respect to Kutuzov, could so create an impression that the old fellow was not much good and that Bennigsen managed everything.
You could say anything-- you could say everything, and yet she was never servile. Here he pulled himself up, for it seemed to him suddenly that he knew less about her than about any one.
Whereas Porthos would have every class keep its place, and though fond of going down into the kitchen, always barks at the top of the stairs for a servile invitation before he graciously descends.
servile herd of imitators can never possibly arrive at.
Such is the subject of the institute, And universal body of the law: This study fits a mercenary drudge, Who aims at nothing but external trash; Too servile and illiberal for me.