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Meaning of SERVILE

Pronunciation:  'survil

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior; "spoke in a servile tone"; "the incurably servile housekeeper"; "servile tasks such as floor scrubbing and barn work"
  2. [adj]  pertaining to or involving slaves; "the servile wars of Sicily"

SERVILE is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: obsequious, slavelike, slavish, submissive, subservient
 Antonyms: unservile, unsubmissive



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Serv"ile\, a. [L. servile, fr. servus a servant or
    slave: cf. F. servile. See {Serve}.]
    1. Of or pertaining to a servant or slave; befitting a
       servant or a slave; proceeding from dependence; hence,
       meanly submissive; slavish; mean; cringing; fawning; as,
       servile flattery; servile fear; servile obedience.
             She must bend the servile knee.       --Thomson.
             Fearing dying pays death servile breath. --Shak.
    2. Held in subjection; dependent; enslaved.
             Even fortune rules no more, O servile land! --Pope.
    3. (Gram.)
       (a) Not belonging to the original root; as, a servile
       (b) Not itself sounded, but serving to lengthen the
           preceeding vowel, as e in tune.
  2. \Serv"ile\, n. (Gram.)
    An element which forms no part of the original root; --
    opposed to {radical}.