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Servile


SERV'ILE, adjective [Latin servilis, from servio, to serve.]

1. Such as pertains to a servant or slave; slavish; mean; such as proceeds from dependence; as servile fear; servile obedience.

2. Held in subjection; dependent.

Ev'n fortune rules no more a servile land. Pope.

3. Cringing; fawning; meanly submissive; as servile flattery.

She must bend the servile knee. Thomson.