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servile

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of servile

  1. showing, expressing, or offered in a spirit of humility or unseemly submissiveness had always maintained a servile attitude around people with money Synonyms of servile base, humble, menial, abject, slavishWords Related to servile hangdog, lamblike, sheepish; demure, lowly, meek, modest, retiring, unassuming, unpretentious; fawning, sycophant, sycophantic, toadyishNear Antonyms of servile arrogant, haughty, high-handed, imperious, lordly, supercilious, superior, uppity

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


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