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Definition of "servile" [serv•ile]

  • Abjectly submissive; slavish. (adjective)
  • Of or suitable to a slave or servant. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to servitude or forced labor. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "servile" in a sentence
  • "Independents ... was what they called the servile character and the dog-like fidelity [_Hundestreue_] of the German people, that is to say, that attachment -- innate and firmly impressed on their minds without even the aid of reason -- which that excellent people everywhere bears towards its princes."
  • "Because obviously black people can only be in servile positions * rolls eyes*"
  • "Such fear of punishment is compatible with charity, but it is not called servile unless punishment is looked upon as the principal evil, as we explained in Arts. 2 and 3."