a person who shapes his or her conduct to conform to the opinions of the time or of persons in power, especially for selfish ends.

Origin of timeserver

First recorded in 1565–75; time + server
Related formstime·serv·ing, adjective, nountime·serv·ing·ness, noun
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a person who compromises and changes his or her opinions, way of life, etc, to suit the current fashions
Derived Formstimeserving, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for time-server

1580s, from expression serve the time "shape one's views to what is in favor" (1550s), translating Latin tempori servire. See time (n.) + serve (v.).

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