sub·​ser·​vi·​ence | \ səb-ˈsər-vē-ən(t)s How to pronounce subservience (audio) \

Definition of subservience

1 : a subservient or subordinate place or function
2 : obsequious servility

Examples of subservience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Women expressing emotion in a society where subservience was mandatory were diagnosed with 'hysteria'; Black people seeking freedom from slavery were said to be suffering from 'drapetomania'. Dr Sanah Ahsan,, 6 June 2022 Kate’s final speech of seeming subservience feels so out of date. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 June 2022 Trump’s political appointments—assuming GOP control of the Senate and continued GOP subservience to Trump—would make his subpar first-term appointees look like a team of George Kennans in contrast. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 19 Apr. 2022 The event would be retold over the years as an archetypal narrative of male supremacy and barbarity and abject female subservience. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, 6 May 2022 Even when people of color are included in these stories, seldom is there any effort made to give them narratives that don’t revolve around oppression or subservience. Meha Razdan, Town & Country, 27 Mar. 2022 And the uglier side of that archaic age — in particular, the acceptance of female subservience and ostracizing the oppressed — doesn’t go unaddressed. Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2022 The two quickly turned to groveling and begging for Trump’s support, each trying to outdo the other in showing their subservience rather than their independence. cleveland, 29 Dec. 2021 But their rule before she was born has become its own history lessons, now amplified as her classmates dread a return to subservience. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of subservience

circa 1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Subservience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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