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servile (unfree)

Definition:

relating to or involving slaves, or appropriate for slaves or servants

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Comparative:

more servile

Superlative:

most servile

Similar to:

unfree

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • Brown's attempt at servile insurrection
  • the servile wars of Sicily
  • servile work

Etymology:

Latin servilis "of a slave, servile", from servus "slave". Earliest sense was...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of servile...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Slavery

a system under which people are treated as property to be bought and sold, and are forced to work. Slaves can be held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work, or to... (48 of 15922 words, 29 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Slavery

Collins Dictionary:

servile | submissive [synonym, sense-specific] | servilely [adverb, derived]

obsequious or fawning in attitude or behaviour; submissive | of or suitable for a slave | existing in or relating to a state of slavery | [when] ... (24 of 428 words, 4 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/servile

Merriam-Webster:

servile | abject [synonym, sense-specific] | base [synonym, sense-specific] | humble [synonym, sense-specific] | menial [synonym, sense-specific] | slavish [synonym, sense-specific] | hangdog [similar, sense-specific] | lamblike [similar, sense-specific] | sheepish [similar, sense-specific] | ...

of or befitting a slave or a menial position | meanly or cravenly submissive; "abject" (14 of 111 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/servile

Random House Dictionary:

servile

slavishly submissive or obsequious; fawning. | characteristic of, proper to, or customary for slaves; abject. | yielding slavishly; truckling (usually ... (18 of 88 words, 7 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/servile

Oxford Dictionary:

servile | servilely [derived]

having or showing an excessive willingness to serve or please others | of or characteristic of a slave or slaves (19 of 78 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/servile

Cambridge Dictionary:

servile [disapproving] | servility [noun, formal disapproving, derived]

too eager to serve and please someone else in a way that shows you do not have much respect for yourself (21 of 55 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/servile

New World Dictionary:

servile | servileties [plural] | servilely [adverb, related] | servility [noun, related] | servileness [noun, related]

of a slave or slaves | like that of slaves or servants | like or characteristic of a slave; humbly yielding or submissive; cringing; abject | ... (23 of 52 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/servile

Macmillan British Dictionary:

servile [showing disapproval] | servility [noun, uncountable, related]

someone who is servile is so willing to serve or obey other people that you have no respect for them (20 of 49 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/servile

American Heritage Dictionary:

servile | servilely [adverb, related] | servileness [noun, related] | servility [noun, related]

Abjectly submissive; slavish. | Of or suitable to a slave or servant. | Of or relating to servitude or forced labor. (19 of 38 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/servile

Wiktionary:

servile | serviles [plural] | radical [antonym, sense-specific]

of or pertaining to a slave | submissive or slavish | [grammar] An element which forms no part of the original root. (20 of 28 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/servile

Encarta Dictionary:

servile

too willing to agree with somebody or to do anything, however demeaning, that somebody wants | relating to work that is considered menial or degrading ... (24 of 69 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861719170​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

servile

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Latin servilis "of a slave, servile", from servus "slave". Earliest sense was legal, servile work being forbidden on the Sabbath; ... (23 of 31 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=servile

Oxford Dictionary:

servile

Origin: late Middle English (in the sense 'suitable for a slave or for the working class'): from Latin servilis, from servus "slave"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/servile

Merriam-Webster:

servile

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French servil, from Latin servilis, from servus slave

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/servile

New World Dictionary:

servile | servileties [plural]

Origin: Middle English from Latin servilis from servus, slave: see "serf"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/servile

Collins Dictionary:

servile

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin servīlis, from servus slave

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/servile

American Heritage Dictionary:

servile

Origin: Middle English, from Latin servīlis, from servus, slave.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/servile

Wiktionary:

servile | serviles [plural]

Origin: Latin servīlis.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/servile

Encarta Dictionary:

servile

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin servilis from servus "slave"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861719170​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

servile

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "servile"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "servile"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/servile

Cambridge Dictionary:

servile [disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "servile"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "servile"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/servile

Macmillan American Dictionary:

servile [showing disapproval]

Audio 1: North American pronunciation of "servile"

Audio 2: North American pronunciation of "servile"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/servile

Macmillan British Dictionary:

servile [showing disapproval]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "servile"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/servile

the Free Dictionary:

servile

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "servile"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "servile"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "servile" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/servile

Google Dictionary:

servile

Audio: English pronunciation of "servile"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=servile

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

servile

Audio: North American pronunciation of "servile"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=servil​01 word=servile

YourDictionary Audio:

servile

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "servile" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/servile

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