Origin of servile
Examples from the Web for servility
Why should we acquiesce in the preparation of our spirits for the worst kind of servility—slavery to fate?
Without evincing the servility of the common people of Japan, they yet exhibit all their native courtesy.Foot-prints of Travel|Maturin M. Ballou
Nor do I think that servility to archæology on the stage is an unmixed good.The Drama|Henry Irving
Their manner at such times was more than servility; in appearance, at least, it was worship.The Prince of India, Volume I|Lew. Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for servility
Word Origin for servile
Word Origin and History for servility (1 of 2)
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.