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slavish

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1 using or marked by the use of something else as a basis or model

  • slavish imitations of the great masters will never make you a painter in your own right
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2 showing, expressing, or offered in a spirit of humility or unseemly submissiveness

  • the assistant's slavish agreement with his boss's every thought, no matter how half-baked
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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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