Translation of grovel in Spanish:
intransitive verb (British English) -ll-
- to grovel for mercyhumillarsepostrarseto grovel before somebody o at somebody's feetimplorar piedadyou'll have to grovel before he'll give you a pay increaseprosternarse ante alguien or a los pies de alguientendrás que arrastrarte a sus pies para que te dé un aumentoExample sentences
- Other ordinaries say they will respond only on the basis of individual need; thus, if such a resigned priest languishes in abject poverty or grovels fittingly, he may receive some reluctant beneficence.
- In a sickening display of abject groveling he declared: ‘My behavior on this occasion was unacceptable and irresponsible.’
- Each year at harvest, the prince hosts a feast for the noblemen of the countryside, while the peasants who farm his land grovel in abject poverty.
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