ser·vile [sur-vil, -vahyl] (previously 06-18-13)
1. slavishly submissive or obsequious; fawning: servile flatterers.
2. characteristic of, proper to, or customary for slaves; abject: servile obedience.
3. yielding slavishly; truckling (usually followed by to ).
4. extremely imitative, especially in the arts; lacking in originality.
5. being in slavery; oppressed.
6. of, pertaining to, or involving slaves or servants.
7. of or pertaining to a condition of servitude or property ownership in which a person is held as a slave or as partially enslaved: medieval rebellions against servile laws.
OTHER WORDS FROM SERVILE
ser·vil·i·ty, ser·vile·ness, noun
WORDS RELATED TO SERVILE
abject, base, beggarly, craven, cringing, despicable, fawning, humble, ignoble, low, mean, obedient, obeisant, obsequious, passive, slavish, submissive, unctuous, bootlicking, sycophantic
SYNONYMS FOR SERVILE
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1, 2. cringing, sycophantic.
SYNONYM STUDY FOR SERVILE
1,2. Servile, menial, obsequious, slavish characterize one who behaves like a slave or an inferior. Servile suggests cringing, fawning, and abject submission: servile responses to questions. Menial applies to that which is considered undesirable drudgery: the most menial tasks. 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 labori-ous toil of one who follows or obeys without question: slavish attentiveness to orders.
2. mean, base, low.
ANTONYMS FOR SERVILE
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English < Latin servilis, equivalent to serv- (stem of servire to be a slave) + -ilis -ile
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