Examples of subservient in a Sentence
- Henson and Stowe did become close friends, and Stowe herself drew direct parallels between Uncle Tom and Josiah Henson. Sadder still, the term "Uncle Tom" has since taken on negative, minstrel-show connotations of subservient blacks kowtowing to whites, which is unfortunate, because it undermines the triumph that was Josiah Henson's life. He was no caricature, and his achievements were real. —Will Ferguson, Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw, 2004
- Sally Boysen, a psychologist at Ohio State University, probed the degree to which a chimp's ability to reason is subservient to the animal's desires. —Eugene Linden, Time, 6 Sept. 1999
- That's why many believe that I have the right to preach but not to pastor. For a woman to be a pastor would mean that men would have to submit and be subservient to a woman. —Chryll Crews, Ms., January/February 1998
- As for a "European Europe," allied with but not subservient to the United States, providing for its own defense and diplomacy and practicing detente with Moscow, de Gaulle did not achieve it in his lifetime, but there was at least a beginning. —Stanley Hoffmann, New York Times Book Review, 20 Mar. 1983
She refused to take a subservient role in their marriage.
Recent Examples of subservient from the Web
The president and his allies are trying to cow law enforcement officials, making them subservient to him rather than the rule of law.
Van Dam, a bumbling, subservient second banana who had occasional moments of pathos, was a reliable source of laughs on the show, which ran until 1997.
Blackamoor art often appeared in European furniture and jewelry between the 13th and 15th centuries, either depicting black individuals as subservient or as members of royalty.
Considering the fact that Markle is biracial and the loaded history behind blackamoor symbols being used to romanticized the subservient roles given to Moors by Europeans, Princess Michael tried it.
These kinds of pieces depict — and fetishise — Africans in subservient roles.
The previously sycophantic and subservient media have started airing discussions of petrol shortages, the rigging of university-entrance exams and other social and economic woes.
In return for campaign contributions, the Republican Party has awarded its donor class a subservient federal bureaucracy, a second Lochner Era in American jurisprudence, and the slavish obedience of the House of Representatives, and 49 GOP senators.
And the fact that Trump is too feeble-minded to form a stable preference – and that he is repeatedly swayed to the side of whoever speaks to him last – does not dissuade Cornyn to break free of his subservient role.
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How Should You Use subservient?
Since sub- means "below", it emphasizes the lower position of the person in the subservient one. Soldiers of a given rank are always subservient to those of a higher rank; this subservience is symbolized by the requirement that they salute their superior at every opportunity. Women have often been forced into subservient relationships with men. A small nation may feel subservient to its more powerful neighbor, obliged to obey even when it doesn't want to. So subservience usually brings with it a good dose of resentment.
Synonym Discussion of subservient
- 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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