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 ?
If you wish to see what abysses servility can descend, present yourself before a Baden-Baden shopkeeper in the character of a Russian prince.
The crouching servility, usually so acceptable a quality in a slave, did not answer when manifested toward her.
Then, what submission, what cringing and fawning, what servility, what abject humiliation
He stirred his coffee round and round, he sipped it, he felt his chin softly with his grisly hand, he looked at the fire, he looked about the room, he gasped rather than smiled at me, he writhed and undulated about, in his deferential servility, he stirred and sipped again, but he left the renewal of the conversation to me.
he said, when he saw me, and he took off his hat with an air of gorgeous servility.
He exercised, however, a very remarkable control over Macfarlane; issued orders like the Great Bashaw; became inflamed at the least discussion or delay, and commented rudely on the servility with which he was obeyed.
Well,' replied the traveller, who seemed used to this difference between the servility of a man of the cities and the pride of the mountaineer, `if you refuse wages, you will, perhaps, accept a gift.
Thee is a mixture of servility and self-importance in his letter, which promises well.
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.
He paused, and looked at Bartolomeo with that peculiar expression of the mere business lawyer, a mixture of servility with familiarity.
Mademoiselle," she began, looking fixedly at me with her too-eager eyes, though otherwise presenting an agreeable appearance and speaking neither with boldness nor servility, "I have taken a great liberty in coming here, but you know how to excuse it, being so amiable, mademoiselle.
When the rich tax the poor with servility and obsequiousness, they should consider the effect of men reputed to be the possessors of nature, on imaginative minds.