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servile

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adjective ser·vile \ˈsər-vəl, -ˌvī(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of servile

  • : very obedient and trying too hard to please someone

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of servile

  1. 1 :  of or befitting a slave or a menial position

  2. 2 :  meanly or cravenly submissive :  abject

servilely

play \-və(l)-lē, -ˌvī(-ə)l-lē\ adverb

servileness

play \-vəl-nəs, -ˌvī(-ə)l-\ noun

servility

play \(ˌ)sər-ˈvi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of servile in a sentence

  1. <had always maintained a servile attitude around people with money>



Did You Know?

Latin served us servile with the help of servilis, itself from servus, the Latin word for "slave." Servus is also an ancestor of serve, service, and servitude. Synonyms of servile in English include subservient, slavish, and obsequious. Subservient implies the cringing manner of one very conscious of a subordinate position." "Slavish" suggests abject or debased servitude. "Obsequious" implies fawning or sycophantic compliance and exaggerated deference of manner. "Servile" suggests the mean or fawning behavior of a slave.

Origin and Etymology of servile

Middle English, from Anglo-French servil, from Latin servilis, from servus slave


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of servile

subservient, servile, slavish, obsequious mean showing or characterized by extreme compliance or abject obedience. subservient implies the cringing manner of one very conscious of a subordinate position <domestic help was expected to be properly subservient>. servile suggests the mean or fawning behavior of a slave <a political boss and his entourage of servile hangers-on>. slavish suggests abject or debased servility <the slavish status of migrant farm workers>. obsequious implies fawning or sycophantic compliance and exaggerated deference of manner <waiters who are obsequious in the presence of celebrities>.

SERVILE Defined for Kids

servile

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adjective ser·vile \ˈsər-vəl\

Definition of servile for Students

  1. 1 :  of or suitable to a slave <servile work>

  2. 2 :  very obedient and trying too hard to please





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