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Related to servilely: obsequiously, slavish


 (sûr′vəl, -vīl′)
1. Abjectly submissive; slavish.
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.
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Adv.1.servilely - in an obsequious manner; "she acts obsequiously toward her boss"
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[ˈsɜːvaɪllɪ] adv (pej) → servilmente
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(ˈsəːvail) adjective
excessively obedient or respectful. servile obedience/flattery.
ˈservilely adverb
serˈvility (-ˈvi-) noun
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"Yes, but I had only the credit of servilely copying such sentences as I was ashamed to put my name to.
“Bold Dragoon,” flourishing a sheathed sword, that he was fond of saying his ancestors had carried in one of Cromwell’s victories, and crying, in an authoritative tone, to “clear the way for the court.” The order was obeyed promptly, though not servilely, the members of the crowd nodding familiarly to the members of the procession as it passed.
So saying, and quite indifferent to the astonishment his presence occasioned, he crept in, shut the door, kissed his greasy glove as servilely as if it were the dust, and made a most abject bow.
The Supreme Court Justice Enrique Fernando had publicly and servilely held an umbrella over Imelda Romualdez Marcos's head.
For the Adams, publication was a way of asserting authorship and insinuating that anyone who worked in the same manner was servilely copying their superior forms.
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Katherina servilely bends to the will of her new 'lord', 'king', and 'governor' (138), as she praises him for sacrifices he never made and risks he never took.
For three decades, Europe, servilely imitating the OIC, has effectively created for itself a major problem that is eating away and destroying it.