slavish

[ sley-vish ]
/ ˈsleɪ vɪʃ /

adjective

of or befitting a slave: slavish subjection.
being or resembling a slave: abjectly submissive: He was slavish in his obedience.
base; mean; ignoble: slavish fears.
deliberately imitative; lacking originality: a slavish reproduction.

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Origin of slavish

First recorded in 1555–65; slave + -ish1

SYNONYMS FOR slavish

2 groveling, sycophantic, fawning, cringing.

synonym study for slavish

2. See servile.

OTHER WORDS FROM slavish

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British Dictionary definitions for slavish

slavish
/ (ˈsleɪvɪʃ) /

adjective

of or befitting a slave
being or resembling a slave; servile
unoriginal; imitative
archaic ignoble

Derived forms of slavish

slavishly, adverbslavishness, noun
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