ser·vile [sur-vil, -vahyl]
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
See synonyms for: servile / servileness / servility on Thesaurus.com
OTHER WORDS FOR SERVILE
1, 2. cringing, sycophantic.
2. mean, base, low.
SYNONYM STUDY FOR SERVILE
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.
OPPOSITES FOR SERVILE
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin servilis, equivalent to serv- (stem of servire to be a slave) + -ilis -ile
HOW TO USE SERVILE IN A SENTENCE
For India’s mostly servile media, this is a striking break from the usual after seven years of Modi.
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Julie Andrews played Cinderella—neat as a new pin and not remotely servile.
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Women were better at carrying heavy loads because their heads were harder and stronger, the Arapesh would say, not because women were naturally suited to servile tasks.
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Where Don is confident and arrogant, Bob is servile and accommodating.
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