[ UK /sˈɜːva‍ɪl/ ]
[ US /ˈsɝvəɫ/ ]
  1. submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior
    servile tasks such as floor scrubbing and barn work
    the incurably servile housekeeper
    spoke in a servile tone
  2. relating to or involving slaves or appropriate for slaves or servants
    Brown's attempt at servile insurrection
    servile work
    the servile wars of Sicily
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How To Use servile In A Sentence

  • An earthy , uncouth, servile peasant creature old Katy was.
  • They were obsequious and servile and did not presume to talk to their masters as if they were their equals. The Secret Garden
  • Midgan or serviles (a term explained in Chap. II.) are domesticated amongst them. First Footsteps in East Africa
  • West of the Rhine, an increasing number of servile manses also had to do ploughing corvées, and the service of three days of work per week was often required from free manses, which had been exempted from it hitherto.
  • And now the Baboo passes into the godown, and receives from a score of servile _cicars_, glibbest of clerks, their several reports of the day's business. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 01, No. 03, January, 1858
  • Having no servile qualities, no doubt his value lay in his energy and an ability to shout his orders to the chef louder than the next man. THE QUEST FOR K
  • As a waiter you want to be pleasant to people without appearing totally servile.
  • The main content of servile athletics includes inchoate athletics sports, physical education in Athen, warrior education in Spartan, and ancientry Olympic games.
  • What precedent is there for such servile bootlicking?
  • Al – Gundubah (“one locust-man”) smites off the head of his mother’s servile murderer and cries, I have taken my blood-revenge upon this traitor slave’” (Lane, M.E. chaps. xx iii.) 128 This gathering all the persons upon the stage before the curtain drops is highly artistic and improbable. The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night
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