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slavish

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of slavish

  1. 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 Synonyms of slavish apish, canned, emulative, epigonic (or epigonous), formulaic, mimetic, mimic, imitative, unoriginalWords Related to slavish copied, cribbed, plagiarized; artificial, bogus, factitious, fake, false, imitation, man-made, mock, sham, simulated, substitute, synthetic; duplicated, photocopied, reduplicated, reproduced, transcribed; backup; counterfeit, deceptive, forged, fraudulent, misleading; cut-and-dried (also cut-and-dry), perfunctory, routine, uninspiredNear Antonyms of slavish authentic, bona fide, legitimate, true; genuine, natural, real; classic, ideal, modelAntonyms of slavish archetypal (also archetypical), original

  2. 2 showing, expressing, or offered in a spirit of humility or unseemly submissiveness the wife's slavish agreement with her husband's every thought Synonyms of slavish base, humble, menial, servile, abjectWords Related to slavish hangdog, lamblike, sheepish; demure, lowly, meek, modest, retiring, unassuming, unpretentious; fawning, sycophant, sycophantic, toadyishNear Antonyms of slavish arrogant, haughty, high-handed, imperious, lordly, supercilious, superior, uppity

Synonym Discussion of slavish

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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