What does servile mean?

Definitions for servile
ˈsɜr vɪl, -vaɪlservile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. servileadjective

    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)adjective

    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. servilenoun

    An element which forms no part of the original root.

    Etymology: From servilis.

  2. servileadjective

    of or pertaining to a slave

    Etymology: From servilis.

  3. servileadjective

    submissive or slavish

    Etymology: From servilis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Servileadjective

    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

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

  2. Servileadjective

    held in subjection; dependent; enslaved

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

  3. Servileadjective

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

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

  4. Servileadjective

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

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

  5. Servilenoun

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

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Servile

    sėr′vīl, adj. pertaining to a slave or servant: slavish: meanly submissive: cringing: obedient: (gram.) secondary or subordinate.—n. a slave, a menial.—adv. Ser′vilely.—ns. Ser′vilism, the spirit of a servile class; Servil′ity (obs. Ser′vileness), state or quality of being servile: slavery: obsequiousness; Ser′ving-maid, a female domestic servant; Ser′ving-man, a male servant: a professed lover.—adj. Ser′vious, obsequious.—ns. Ser′vīte, one of a mendicant order of monks and nuns founded in Italy in the 13th century; Servit′ium (law), service; Ser′vitor, one who serves: a servant: a follower or adherent: a male servant, a menial: soldier: formerly in Oxford, an undergraduate partly supported by the college, his duty to wait on the fellows and gentlemen commoners at table; Ser′vitorship, the office or condition of a servitor; Ser′vitūde, state of being a slave: slavery: state of slavish dependence: menial service: compulsory servitude: (law) a burden affecting land or other heritable subjects, by which the proprietor is either restrained from the full use of his property or is obliged to suffer another to do certain acts upon it: service rendered in the army or navy: (obs.) servants collectively; Ser′vitūre (Milt.), servants collectively.—v.i. Ser′vulate.

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  1. reviles

  2. relives

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of servile in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of servile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of servile in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

  5. Cyril Connolly:

    The English masses are lovable: they are kind, decent, tolerant, practical and not stupid. The tragedy is that they are too many of them, and that they are aimless, having outgrown the servile functions for which they were encouraged to multiply. One day these huge crowds will have to seize power because there will be nothing else for them to do, and yet they neither demand power nor are ready to make use of it; they will learn only to be bored in a new way.

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