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4 definitions found
 for servile
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Servile \Serv"ile\, n. (Gram.)
     An element which forms no part of the original root; --
     opposed to radical.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Servile \Serv"ile\, a. [L. servile, fr. servus a servant or
     slave: cf. F. servile. See Serve.]
     1. Of or pertaining to a servant or slave; befitting a
        servant or a slave; proceeding from dependence; hence,
        meanly submissive; slavish; mean; cringing; fawning; as,
        servile flattery; servile fear; servile obedience.
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              She must bend the servile knee.       --Thomson.
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              Fearing dying pays death servile breath. --Shak.
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     2. Held in subjection; dependent; enslaved.
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              Even fortune rules no more, O servile land! --Pope.
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     3. (Gram.)
        (a) Not belonging to the original root; as, a servile
            letter.
        (b) Not itself sounded, but serving to lengthen the
            preceeding vowel, as e in tune.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  servile
      adj 1: submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior; "spoke in
             a servile tone"; "the incurably servile housekeeper";
             "servile tasks such as floor scrubbing and barn work"
             [ant: unservile, unsubmissive]
      2: relating to or involving slaves or appropriate for slaves or
         servants; "Brown's attempt at servile insurrection"; "the
         servile wars of Sicily"; "servile work"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  118 Moby Thesaurus words for "servile":
     abject, abused, accepting, acquiescent, agreeable, apple-polishing,
     ass-kissing, assenting, attendant, attending, base, bootlicking,
     browbeaten, brown-nosing, client, common, complaisant, compliable,
     compliant, complying, consenting, craven, cringing, crouching,
     deferential, demeaning, dependent, despicable, disadvantaged,
     downtrod, downtrodden, fawning, feudal, feudatory, flattering,
     ground down, groveling, helping, henpecked, humble, ignoble,
     in leading strings, in the shade, inferior, infra dig,
     ingratiating, junior, less, lesser, liege, low, lower, lowly, mean,
     mean-spirited, menial, ministering, minor, misused, modest,
     nondissenting, nonresistant, nonresisting, nonresistive, obedient,
     obeisant, obsequious, on bended knee, oppressed, ordered around,
     ordinary, overborne, passive, prone, prostrate, regimented,
     resigned, scurvy, second rank, second string, secondary, serving,
     servitorial, slavish, slimy, smarmy, sordid, sub, subaltern,
     subject, submissive, subordinate, subservient, supine, sycophantic,
     sycophantish, third rank, third string, toadish, toadying,
     toadyish, trampled, tributary, truckling, tyrannized, ugly,
     unassertive, uncomplaining, unctuous, underprivileged, unmanned,
     unresistant, unresisting, vassal, vile, vulgar, waiting,
     wheedling
  
  

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