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Examples of servile in a Sentence
had always maintained a servile attitude around people with money
Recent Examples of servile from the Web
Blame this on Cicero, the ancient Roman orator, who championed the arts quae libero sunt dignae (cerebral studies suited for freemen), as opposed to the practical, servile arts suited for lower-class tradespeople.
Even LifeNews, a usually servile, pro-Kremlin tabloid site, has admitted this new reality.
But when the 1957 Canada Cup came to Kasumigaseki Golf Club, Nakamura and Koichi Ono were supposed to be the servile hosts.
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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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of servile
- domestic help was expected to be properly subservient
- a political boss and his entourage of servile hangers-on
- the slavish status of migrant farm workers
- waiters who are obsequious in the presence of celebrities
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