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Examples of servile in a sentence
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
SERVILE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of servile for English Language Learners
: very obedient and trying too hard to please someone
SERVILE Defined for Kids
Definition of servile for Students
1 : of or suitable to a slave servile work
2 : very obedient and trying too hard to please
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