Definitions for servileˈsɜr vɪl, -vaɪl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. servile(adj)

    submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior

    "spoke in a servile tone"; "the incurably servile housekeeper"; "servile tasks such as floor scrubbing and barn work"

  2. servile(a)(adj)

    relating to or involving slaves or appropriate for slaves or servants

    "Brown's attempt at servile insurrection"; "the servile wars of Sicily"; "servile work"

Wiktionary

  1. servile(Noun)

    An element which forms no part of the original root.

  2. servile(Adjective)

    of or pertaining to a slave

  3. servile(Adjective)

    submissive or slavish

  4. Origin: From servilis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Servile(adj)

    of or pertaining to a servant or slave; befitting a servant or a slave; proceeding from dependence; hence, meanly submissive; slavish; mean; cringing; fawning; as, servile flattery; servile fear; servile obedience

  2. Servile(adj)

    held in subjection; dependent; enslaved

  3. Servile(adj)

    not belonging to the original root; as, a servile letter

  4. Servile(adj)

    not itself sounded, but serving to lengthen the preceeding vowel, as e in tune

  5. Servile(noun)

    an element which forms no part of the original root; -- opposed to radical

  6. Origin: [L. servile, fr. servus a servant or slave: cf. F. servile. See Serve.]

Anagrams for servile »

  1. reviles

  2. relives

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Greville:

    I hardly know so true a mark of a little mind as the servile imitation of others.

  2. Theodore Roosevelt:

    To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

  3. William Hazlitt:

    Fashon is the abortive issue of vain ostentation and exclusive egotism it is haughty, trifling, affected, servile, despotic, mean and ambitious, precise and fantastical, all in a breath -- tied to no rule, and bound to conform to every whim of the minute.

  4. Thomas Jefferson:

    Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.

  5. Thomas Jefferson:

    Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • unterwürfigGerman
  • δουλικόςGreek
  • servilSpanish
  • orjamainen, alamainen, orjallinen, orjaFinnish
  • servileFrench
  • uiríseal, moghachIrish
  • servilRomanian
  • подобострастный, раболепный, рабский, холопскийRussian
  • devot, fjäskig, slav-, underdånig, servilSwedish

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