servility


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.servility - abject or cringing submissiveness
submissiveness - the trait of being willing to yield to the will of another person or a superior force etc.
sycophancy - fawning obsequiousness

servility

servility

noun
A state of subjugation to an owner or master:
Translations
ذُل، خُنوع
servilnost
servilitetunderdanighed
nöyryys
òrælsótti, auîmÿkt
kölelik

servility

[sɜːˈvɪlɪtɪ] Nservilismo m

servility

servility

[sɜːˈvɪlɪtɪ] n (pej) → servilismo

servile

(ˈsəːvail) adjective
excessively obedient or respectful. servile obedience/flattery.
ˈservilely adverb
serˈvility (-ˈvi-) noun
References in classic literature ?
The crouching servility, usually so acceptable a quality in a slave, did not answer when manifested toward her.
This being indeed the means which they use to recompense to themselves their extreme servility and condescension to their superiors; for nothing can be more reasonable, than that slaves and flatterers should exact the same taxes on all below them, which they themselves pay to all above them.
Thee is a mixture of servility and self-importance in his letter, which promises well.
He noticed that they whispered to one another, casting significant looks at him with a kind of awe and even servility.
He asked my pardon in terms of sickening servility, and assured me that he could explain matters to my satisfaction, if I would honour him by consenting to a personal interview.
He takes his hat off to me in all servility, because, forsooth, I am to him a lord of life.
In contact with this wicked world, his manner revealed that happy mixture of two extremes--the servility which just touches independence, and the independence which just touches servility--attained by no men in existence but Scotchmen.
If you wish to see what abysses servility can descend, present yourself before a Baden-Baden shopkeeper in the character of a Russian prince.
Then, what submission, what cringing and fawning, what servility, what abject humiliation
The cringing servility of his manner was due, no doubt, to the address legible on the pile of luggage, which announced their owner to be "Lady Muriel Orme, passenger to Elveston, via Fayfield Junction.
Van Brandt took off his hat, and bowed to me with sickening servility.
I tried to simulate an expression of cringing servility, and I must have succeeded, for I entirely threw the man off his guard, so that he permitted me to approach within reach of his rifle before stopping me.