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Meaning of servile by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin servīlis .


    • IPA: /ˈsə( ɹ )v.aɪl/ X-SAMPA: /"s@( r )v.aIl/ ( UK )


    servile ( comparative more servile, superlative most servile )

    1. of or pertaining to a slave
    2. submissive or slavish


    servile ( plural: serviles )

    1. ( grammar ) An element which forms no part of the original root .



Explanation of servile by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior

    2. spoke in a servile tone
      the incurably servile housekeeper
      servile tasks such as floor scrubbing and barn work
    3. relating to or involving slaves or appropriate for slaves or servants

    4. Brown's attempt at servile insurrection
      the servile wars of Sicily
      servile work

    Definition of servile by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Servile 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. ) Not belonging to the original root; as, “a servile letter”. Not itself sounded, but serving to lengthen the preceeding vowel, as e in tune.

    2. Servile, n. ( Gram. ) An element which forms no part of the original root; -- opposed to radical.