Origin of servile
Examples from the Web for servile
Where Don is confident and arrogant, Bob is servile and accommodating.Where ‘Mad Men’ Left Off: A Primer for Season Seven|Amy Zimmerman|April 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They are not permitted to speak of that period of colonial history when they were ruled as a servile caste by a Tutsi elite.
I found that I reverted to a housewife stereotype as servile as my grandma.Boomerang Moms: When Mommy Returns to Deal With ‘Adultescents’|Sally Koslow|June 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Among these was Dames, of a servile birth, but of gigantic size and intrepid resolution.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
No servile can attend a shut vowel; and truith must hav her own, like suit and fruit: in dhe French bruit it iz also distinctive.A Minniature ov Inglish Orthoggraphy|James Elphinston
Pray let us but consider a little what mean, servile things men do for this imaginary food.Essays|Abraham Cowley
Nowhere else, they say, would people consent to wear the servile badge of their caste.Meccania|Owen Gregory
In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Leviticus|S H Kellogg
British Dictionary definitions for servile
Word Origin for servile
Word Origin and History for servile
late 14c., from Latin servilis "of a slave" (as in Servile Wars, name given to the slave revolts in the late Roman Republic), also "slavish, servile," from servus "slave" (see serve (v.)). Earliest sense was legal, servile work being forbidden on the Sabbath; sense of "cringing, fawning" first recorded c.1600.