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
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  • 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
  • And his servile easily bewitched audience of clodhopper crusaders will carry on as before.
  • I wanted to think this was some kind of dry joke, but 3 years of servile apologetics from some broadcasters prevent me.
  • This exalted idea of the consulship is borrowed from an oration (iii.p. 107) pronounced by Julian in the servile court of Constantius. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • The trial came off in June of '91, and it's one of the regrets of my life that I was not present, if only to see stout Bertie in the witness-box, squirming under the inquisition of saucy jurors who didn't know their place, unlike the judge and counsel who grovelled to him something servile, and did everything but tote him in and out of court in a palankeen. Watershed
  • The ring distinguished the free-born from the servile, who, however, sometimes obtained the _jus annuli_, or privilege of the ring. Notes and Queries, No. 209, October 29 1853 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Geneologists, etc.
  • Many of the Midgan or serviles (a term explained in Chap. II.) are domesticated amongst them. First footsteps in East Africa
  • How lordly is this man's carriage, and yet how base and servile is his spirit! Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)
  • Racists have always used the term "boy" to address adult black males in a servile role, waiters, drivers, gardeners, etc., the French equivalent of "garcon" for a waiter in the old days when the society was class-conscious. Rep. Davis (R-KY) Apologizes For Calling Obama "That Boy"
  • But in context virile and manly are always distinguished from servile or slavish; Tocqueville does not explicitly or implicitly contrast them to feminine or womanly.
  • Commines, an honester writer, though I fear, by the masters whom he pleased, not a much less servile courtier, says that the virtues of Louis XI. preponderated over his vices. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 61, No. 376, February, 1847
  • An honest judge cannot be servile to public opinion.
  • There will be several servile sycophants who will come forward as ‘White Knights’ to regain their lost positions.
  • Accordingly, "Though servile to all the skyey influences, it is thou, breath as thou art, that dost hourly afflict thy body with the results of sin. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 16, February, 1859
  • Although much of the work was menial, Richard never felt servile when he was in a hotel. YELLOW BIRD
  • Certainly, the sociological landscape is familiar - a nation in which an educated, privileged elite suppresses a servile, but restless underclass, giving rise to a growing insurrection.
  • He is servile to his boss.
  • Being good at service means that we are servile and demeans our noble island spirit.
  • After all, the servile savants already beatifying Bush on Fox News, right wing talk radio, and in The Washington Times are as likely to pass their genes and memes down to future generations as is slime mold, and the Snopes clan that inherits the earth in Faulkner's dark vision. Marty Kaplan: Washington, Lincoln, Bush
  • The better-off refuse payment for services they accept while their victims are so servile and acquiescent that they make no protest.
  • This article explores the obstacles to such litigation, challenging the claim that servile villeinage acted to restrict villagers' choice of court. Archive 2008-12-01
  • The ministeriales, laymen of servile origin, were used to replace the clergy in many administrative posts; regalian rights were retained and exploited. d. Germany
  • Given the uncertainties that envelope them, one cannot blame them for being servile, opportunistic and selfish.
  • In a commercial society, according to Rousseau, the people are "scheming, violent, greedy, ambitious, servile, and knavish . . . and all of it at one extreme or the other of misery and opulence. America's Enduring Ideal
  • Where circumstances are favorable, this proclivity is apt to express itself in a certain servile devotional fervor and a punctilious attention to devout observances; it may perhaps be better characterized as devoutness than as religion. The theory of the leisure class; an economic study of institutions
  • It is a measure of how servile the media have become that, from the tabloids to the broadsheets, the results of a survey based on asking teenagers to report their participation in a range of illicit activities are taken at face value.
  • The Somerive family, the product of a Romantic disregard for property, hope to regain their place in the Rayland line by means of their youngest son, Orlando, a character by turns romantic, naive, and servile.
  • To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
  • The servile journalists soon nicknamed him ‘Batka’, which in Belorussian means ‘father’.
  • As a waiter you want to be pleasant to people without appearing totally servile.
  • They were obsequious and servile and did not presume to talk to their masters as if they were their equals. The Secret Garden
  • They're not servile and grovelling like the English are.
  • Bashti, who had lived so long that he was a philosopher who minded pain little and the loss of a finger less, chuckled and chirped his satisfaction and pride of achievement in the outcome, while his three old wives, who lived only at the nod of his head, fawned under him on the floor in the abjectness of servile congratulation and worship. CHAPTER XI
  • ‘This is really a question of listeners equating machines with human beings who are being understood to perform servile functions,’ she said.
  • Brown's attempt at servile insurrection
  • They were obsequious and servile and did not presume to talk to their masters as if they were their equals. The Secret Garden
  • What precedent is there for such servile bootlicking?
  • He reveals everything about Stevens through his body language: his stiff, servile "invisibility" when waiting on his masters; his pretensions to grandeur expressed in the wave of a cigar while lording it over the understaff; the pathetic way he touches his dying father -- only with the tip of his fingers -- like a snail too terrified to emerge from his shell. The Flowering Of A Late Bloomer
  • It is this sheep-like loyalty that has turned many a hard-nosed businessman into a servile crony.
  • The official or servile class includes the manciple, or buyer for a fraternity of templars, otherwise called an achatour, whence Cator, Chater a, the Reeve, an estate steward, so crafty that — "Ther nas baillif, ne herde, nor oother hyne, That he ne knew his sleighte and his covyne" and finally the Cook, or Coke — "To boylle the chicknes and the marybones. The Romance of Names
  • We buy and sell football players, as if they were servile gladiators in Ancient Rome.
  • Even after having spent so many years in the servile conditions of the workhouse, and then the brothel, I still had the urge to say my piece, but I'd learnt that sometimes it was wiser not to.
  • Without compatibility, husband and wife are left to "grind in the mill of an undelighted and servile copulation. Heroic Milton: Happy Birthday
  • Padda, Burghelm, and Oiddi (it is pleasant to preserve these little personal touches) -- proceeded to baptize the 'plebs' -- that is to say, the servile Anglicised Celt-Euskarian substratum -- up and down the country villages. Science in Arcady
  • spoke in a servile tone
  • In the play, the robots, having acquired human emotions, rebel against their servile status and destroy their masters.
  • -- a servile adoption of South Kensington "ebonized" cases, without any reference to fitness. Practical Taxidermy A manual of instruction to the amateur in collecting, preserving, and setting up natural history specimens of all kinds. To which is added a chapter upon the pictorial arrangement of museums. With additional instructions in modelling a
  • Over 30 percent of MGM's cartoons released between 1946 and 1953 presented either characters in blackface or servile African American maids.
  • Being good at service means that we are servile and toadying and demeans our noble island spirit.
  • It acts in the most servile manner as an agency of the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and NATO in the hope of gleaning a few crumbs from the tables of the imperialist powers.
  • Jerzy Kolendo makes the case for skepticism in Uno spartaco sconosciuto nella Pompei osca: Le pitture della casa di Amando, Index 9 1980: 3340 and Spartacus sur une peinture osque de Pompei: Chef de la grande insurrection servile ou un gladiateur inconnu originaire de la Thrace? The Spartacus War
  • What precedent is there for such servile bootlicking?
  • In truth he was so afraid of assumptions and "anticipations" and prejudices -- his great bugbear was so much the "_intellectus sibi permissus_" the mind given liberty to guess and imagine and theorise, instead of, as it ought, absolutely and servilely submitting itself to the control of facts -- that he missed the true place of the rational and formative element in his account of Induction. Bacon
  • There will be several servile sycophants who will come forward as ‘White Knights’ to regain their lost positions.
  • Writers of this era [...] described the native as a robust youth with "gentile" characteristics, a kind of Jewish muzhik, or Russian peasant -- strapping, self-confident, and strong-spirited, as opposed to the stereotypical Diaspora Jew, who was pale, servile, and cowardly. David Shasha: What Israel Means to Me
  • If it is sweet, servile and submissive, a new dog could bully your first dog into a life of fear and despair.
  • servile work
  • The character of Seneca thus finds just the right mixture of true compassion and the ranting of an alcoholic and sententious philosopher, whose servile disciples note down everything he says with ridiculous fury.
  • Rents had been low, too, on peasants' customary holdings; labour services had been commuted, and servile villeinage had virtually disappeared by 1485.
  • Writers of this era [...] described the native as a robust youth with "gentile" characteristics, a kind of Jewish muzhik, or Russian peasant -- strapping, self-confident, and strong-spirited, as opposed to the stereotypical Diaspora Jew, who was pale, servile, and cowardly. David Shasha: What Israel Means to Me
  • The most generally received opinion is, that the first letter, K+ (caf) is a servile letter, and a note of similitude, and, therefore, that the word cherub is of the same force as if it were said, ` like a boy. ' Commentary on Genesis - Volume 1
  • Yet though there were feast days gay with the color of pageantry and procession, the worker was always in a servile state, an underman dependent upon his master, and sometimes looking upon his condition as little better than slavery. The Armies of Labor A chronicle of the organized wage-earners
  • It makes citizens passive, unproductive, and servile.
  • But however this point may really be, it appears evident that the tenants of this manor have, from the earliest times to which we have the means of resorting for information, enjoyed many unusual rights and immunities, and that their services were, in many respects, far from being so base and servile as those of the strictly feodal tenant. John Keble's Parishes
  • It is this sheep-like loyalty that has turned many a hard-nosed businessman into a servile crony.
  • the incurably servile housekeeper
  • Does't that figure of speech signify a sycophant, defined by my dictionary as "a servile self-seeker who curries favor by flattering influential people"? Wolfson On Ferraro's Latest: "We Have Made Clear That We Reject Her Remarks"
  • In “The Itching Palm,” a 1916 manifesto against the practice, William Rufus Scott said that tipping is a form of “flunkyism” defined as “a willingness to be servile for a consideration.” The Racial Tipping Point - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com
  • Marcellinus spits the venom of a Greek subject — perjuriis illectus, interfectusque est, (in Chron.)] 23 The sonorous and servile oration of Ennodius was pronounced at Milan or Ravenna in the years The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • the servile wars of Sicily
  • In this time of which I speak, the people will see that to be a _nation_ we must not be merely servile imitators of Old World ideas, but must develop our own _American ideas_ in every department of government and society; thus, eventually, building up a national structure which shall, which need, yield to none, but may take precedence of all. The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 4, August, 1864 Devoted To Literature And National Policy
  • Involuntary, or servile, concubinage sometimes involves sexual slavery of one member of the relationship, typically the woman.
  • At the dawn of the U.S. civil rights era, black stereotypes - the shiftless coon, termagant Mammy, servile Uncle Tom - remained the order of the day in popular American mass entertainment.
  • Again coarse and servile slaves of slaves, dressed up in various dazzling attires -- varieties of Generals wishing to distinguish themselves, or to earn the right to add one more little star, fingle fangle, or scrap of ribbon to their idiotic glaring get-up, or else from stupidity or carelessness -- again these miserable men have destroyed amid dreadful sufferings thousands of those honorable, kind, hard-working laborers who feed them. "Bethink Yourselves!"
  • cried the gatekeeper, looking directly at Coyote, who lay on the wagon seat looking perfectly doglike and servile. A PLAGUE OF ANGELS
  • He defined ‘slavery’ broadly to include all systems of servile labor.
  • All servile work was forbidden on this day holy to the Lord; and all over the house, and in the face of all the family, I observed a kind of festal air. The memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Maybe it was suitable for Romans made servile by centuries of demoralizing civil war, but Britons - free-born, free-spoken - were different, were better, were British (Weinbrot).
  • It is not uncommon for a citizen in India to take off his shoes before entering the office of a policeman and genuflect in a lowly and servile manner.
  • Considering it of extreme importance to preserve the Roman people pure, and untainted with a mixture of foreign or servile blood, he not only bestowed the freedom of the city with a sparing hand, but laid some restriction upon the practice of manumitting slaves. De vita Caesarum
  • She was his lawful wife; but, according to the style of the Hebrews, is called concubine, because of her servile extraction. The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Complete The Challoner Revision
  • servile tasks such as floor scrubbing and barn work
  • The character of Seneca thus finds just the right mixture of true compassion and the ranting of an alcoholic and sententious philosopher, whose servile disciples note down everything he says with ridiculous fury.
  • Significant demands: commutation of servile dues, disendowment of the Church, abolition of game laws. 1377-89
  • ‘This is really a question of listeners equating machines with human beings who are being understood to perform servile functions,’ she said.
  • Her shrewdly posed independence, which appears to be the opposite of servile deference, is itself deferential.
  • The station of kings is, in a moral sense, so unfavourable, that those who are least prone to servile admiration should be on their guard against the opposite error of an uncandid severity.
  • I hope, for that our English, the language of men ever famous and foremost in the achievements of liberty, will not easily find servile letters enow to spell such a dictatory presumption Areopagitica
  • As a waiter you want to be pleasant to people without appearing totally servile.
  • His wife is a disgruntled waitress at the same restaurant who chafes at the servile role her job demands.
  • The characteristic is a servile suit paid to the original e.g. rendering hair “accomodé en boucles” by “hair festooned in buckles” (Night ccxiv.), and Île d’Ébène The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night
  • For decades into the 20th Century, the State of Alabama, for instance, ensured a steady supply of servile Black labour to ‘U.S. Steel’.
  • What weakness is it that you can never tolerate? --- Sycophancy and servile flattery.

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