[ UK /slˈe‍ɪvɪʃ/ ]
[ US /ˈsɫeɪvɪʃ/ ]
  1. abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant
    she has become submissive and subservient
    slavish devotion to her job ruled her life
    a slavish yes-man to the party bosses
  2. blindly imitative
    a slavish copy of the original
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How To Use slavish In A Sentence

  • I've seen no convincing evidence of any slavish imitation, at least until now.
  • I do not dare to call slavish that which is royal. NPNF2-08. Basil: Letters and Select Works
  • Oh! -- to the really 'consecrate' in heart and thought I could give my life so easily, so slavishly even! Marcella
  • We should listen to expert advice, but to slavishly follow it on every occasion defies logic.
  • Everything else in the novel slavishly follows a simple formulaic adventure plot.
  • God's kingdom is one of fatherly and motherly compassion, not dominating majesty or slavish subjection.
  • This arises largely and insidiously from the slavish adoption here of virtually all Americanisms - some invaluable, the majority deplorable.
  • And whereas that some of those who bear this auld and honourable name may take scorn that it ariseth from the tilling of the ground, quhilk men account a slavish occupation, yet we ought to honour the pleugh and spade, seeing we all derive our being from our father Adam, whose lot it became to cultivate the earth, in respect of his fall and transgression. Chronicles of the Canongate
  • The provincial governments are not far behind in their slavish adherence to the OECD's dictums on how to run your government.
  • a slavish yes-man to the party bosses
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