Definition of servile in English:


Syllabification: ser·vile
Pronunciation: /ˈsərvəl, -ˌvīl


  • 2Of or characteristic of a slave or slaves.
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    • Even after having spent so many years in the servile conditions of the workhouse, and then the brothel, I still had the urge to say my piece, but I'd learnt that sometimes it was wiser not to.
    • Over 30 percent of MGM's cartoons released between 1946 and 1953 presented either characters in blackface or servile African American maids.
    • ‘This is really a question of listeners equating machines with human beings who are being understood to perform servile functions,’ she said.



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  • Sahnasius was widely seen in the republic of letters as having betrayed his own earlier principles of intellectual independence by becoming too servilely and effusively monarchist.
  • But Jonson also echoes Horace's warning against imitating servilely.


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

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