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slavish

[sley-vish]
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adjective
  1. of or befitting a slave: slavish subjection.
  2. being or resembling a slave; abjectly submissive: He was slavish in his obedience.
  3. base; mean; ignoble: slavish fears.
  4. deliberately imitative; lacking originality: a slavish reproduction.

Origin of slavish

First recorded in 1555–65; slave + -ish1
Related formsslav·ish·ly, adverbslav·ish·ness, nouno·ver·slav·ish, adjectiveo·ver·slav·ish·ly, adverbo·ver·slav·ish·ness, noun

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2. groveling, sycophantic, fawning, cringing. See servile.

Antonyms

2. independent. 3. exalted.
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Examples from the Web for slavishness

Historical Examples

  • He is not boisterously contemptuous of the slavishness of Senators as Penrose was.

    Behind the Mirrors

    Clinton W. Gilbert

  • The twin curses of democracy, slavishness and jealousy, are curiously blended in their views of social and political life.

    British Socialism

    J. Ellis Barker


British Dictionary definitions for slavishness

slavish

adjective
  1. of or befitting a slave
  2. being or resembling a slave; servile
  3. unoriginal; imitative
  4. archaic ignoble
Derived Formsslavishly, adverbslavishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for slavishness

slavish

adj.

1560s, from slave (n.) + -ish. Sense of "servilely imitative, lacking originality or independence" is from 1753. Related: Slavishly; slavishness.

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