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.
Origin of slavish
Related formsslav·ish·ly, adverbslav·ish·ness, nouno·ver·slav·ish, adjectiveo·ver·slav·ish·ly, adverbo·ver·slav·ish·ness, noun
First recorded in 1555–65; slave
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Examples from the Web for slavishness
Historical Examples of slavishness
He is not boisterously contemptuous of the slavishness of Senators as Penrose was.
The twin curses of democracy, slavishness and jealousy, are curiously blended in their views of social and political life.
British Dictionary definitions for slavishness
Derived Formsslavishly, adverbslavishness, noun
of or befitting a slave
being or resembling a slave; servile
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Word Origin and History for slavishness
1560s, from slave (n.) + -ish. Sense of "servilely imitative, lacking originality or independence" is from 1753. Related: Slavishly; slavishness.
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