What does slavish mean?

Definitions for slavish
ˈsleɪ vɪʃslav·ish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slavishadjective

    blindly imitative

    "a slavish copy of the original"

  2. slavish, subservient, submissiveadjective

    abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant

    "slavish devotion to her job ruled her life"; "a slavish yes-man to the party bosses"- S.H.Adams; "she has become submissive and subservient"


  1. slavishadjective

    in the manner of a slave; abject

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Slavishadjective

    Servile; mean; base; dependant.

    Etymology: from slave.

    A thing
    More slavish did I ne’er, than answering
    A slave without a knock. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    You have among you many a purchas’d slave,
    Which, like your asses, and your dogs and mules,
    You use in abject and in slavish part,
    Because you bought them. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    I believe
    That he, the supreme God, t’ whom all things ill
    Are but as slavish officers of vengeance,
    Would send a glist’ring guardian, if need were,
    To keep my life and honour unassail’d. John Milton.

    Those are the labour’d births of slavish brains;
    Not the effect of poetry, but pains. John Denham.

    Slavish bards our mutual loves rehearse
    In lying strains and ignominious verse. Matthew Prior.


  1. slavish

    Slavish generally refers to someone or something that imitates, follows, or obeys others without question or critical consideration. It often implies excessive obedience, submissiveness, or a strong inclination to conform to the will, demands, or rules of others, akin to the behavior expected from a slave. Slavish can also describe an exact or methodical imitation or copying, particularly when originality, creativity, or personal input is not encouraged or allowed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slavishadjective

    of or pertaining to slaves; such as becomes or befits a slave; servile; excessively laborious; as, a slavish life; a slavish dependance on the great

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Slavish is ranked #132206 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Slavish surname appeared 128 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Slavish.

    96.8% or 124 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slavish in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slavish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of slavish in a Sentence

  1. John Adams:

    I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.

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