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Meaning of TIMESERVING

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  taking immediate advantage, often unethically, of any circumstance of possible benefit
 

TIMESERVING is a 11 letter word that starts with T.

 

 Synonyms: expedient, opportunist, opportunistic
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Time"serv`ing\, a.
    Obsequiously complying with the spirit of the times, or the
    humors of those in power.
    
    
  2. \Time"serv`ing\, n.
    An obsequious compliance with the spirit of the times, or the
    humors of those in power, which implies a surrender of one's
    independence, and sometimes of one's integrity.
    
    Syn: Temporizing.
    
    Usage: {Timeserving}, {Temporizing}. Both these words are
           applied to the conduct of one who adapts himself
           servilely to times and seasons. A timeserver is rather
           active, and a temporizer, passive. One whose policy is
           timeserving comes forward to act upon principles or
           opinions which may promote his advancement; one who is
           temporizing yields to the current of public sentiment
           or prejudice, and shrinks from a course of action
           which might injure him with others. The former is
           dishonest; the latter is weak; and both are
           contemptible.
    
                 Trimming and timeserving, which are but two
                 words for the same thing, . . . produce
                 confusion.                        --South.
    
                 [I] pronounce thee . . . a hovering temporizer,
                 that Canst with thine eyes at once see good and
                 evil, Inclining to them both.     --Shak.
    
    
 

 

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