yielding slavishly; truckling (usually followed by to).
extremely imitative, especially in the arts; lacking in originality.
being in slavery; oppressed.
of, relating to, or involving slaves or servants.
of or relating to a condition of servitude or property ownership in which a person is held in slavery or partially enslaved: medieval rebellions against servile laws.
- ser·vile·ly, adverb
- ser·vil·i·ty [sur-vil-i-tee], /ˌsɜrˈvɪl ɪ ti/, ser·vile·ness, noun
- non·ser·vile, adjective
- non·ser·vile·ly, adverb
- o·ver·ser·vile, adjective
- o·ver·ser·vile·ly, adverb
- pseu·do·ser·vile, adjective
- pseu·do·ser·vile·ly, adverb
- un·ser·vile, adjective
- un·ser·vile·ly, adverb
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How to use servile in a sentence
The “truth” that the film claims to reveal is that there was a “genocide” of Pandits in the 1990s, hidden by a callous ruling establishment and a servile media.The Kashmir Files: How a New Bollywood Film Marks India’s Further Descent Into Bigotry | Debasish Roy Chowdhury | March 30, 2022 | Time
I really wanted to show how people of color in servile positions to a largely homogenous group of people, when that’s your employment, you’re not allowed to say what you think always.Natasha Rothwell Says Goodbye to Insecure—And Hello to the Future | Cady Lang | December 27, 2021 | Time
For India’s mostly servile media, this is a striking break from the usual after seven years of Modi.It Isn't Just Modi. India’s Compliant Media Must Also Take Responsibility for the COVID-19 Crisis | Debasish Roy Chowdhury | May 3, 2021 | Time
Julie Andrews played Cinderella—neat as a new pin and not remotely servile.What the Rise and Fall of the Cinderella Fairy Tale Means for Real Women Today | Carol Dyhouse | April 19, 2021 | Time
Women were better at carrying heavy loads because their heads were harder and stronger, the Arapesh would say, not because women were naturally suited to servile tasks.Gender Is What You Make of It - Issue 88: Love & Sex | Charles King | August 5, 2020 | Nautilus
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 | THE 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.
In memory, he was reviled as a servile race traitor, a cringing sycophant to white wealth and power.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is only the servile adulation of later writers that has pictured Bruce as animated by patriotism.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
This he promptly did, and in almost servile language withdrew all the opinions to which the fathers had objected.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
From the freedom of nature it sinks into a servile copyism which can hardly be called art at all.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
Gospodin Berkman—somehow it echoed the servile barinya with which the domestics used to address my mother.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
Would those silly men, those servile votaries of fortune, those effete courtiers, have said this a week ago?The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre | Jean de La Bruyre
British Dictionary definitions for servile
obsequious or fawning in attitude or behaviour; submissive
of or suitable for a slave
existing in or relating to a state of slavery
(when postpositive, foll by to) submitting or obedient
- servilely, adverb
- servility (sɜːˈvɪlɪtɪ) or servileness, noun
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