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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

Full Definition of servile

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

  2. 2 :  meanly or cravenly submissive :  abject

ser·vile·ly play \-və(l)-lē, -ˌvī(-ə)l-lē\ adverb
ser·vile·ness play \-vəl-nəs, -ˌvī(-ə)l-\ noun
ser·vil·i·ty play \(ˌ)sər-ˈvi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of servile

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



Origin 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>.

Rhymes with servile



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