American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Abjectly submissive; slavish.
- adj. Of or suitable to a slave or servant.
- adj. Of or relating to servitude or forced labor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to slaves or servants.
- Consisting or made up of slaves; belonging to the class of slaves; held in subjection; dependent.
- Pertaining or appropriate to a slave or dependent; fit or proper for a slave.
- Resembling a slave or dependent; characteristic or worthy of a slave; slavish; hence, mean-spirited; cringing; base; lacking independence.
- Obedient; subject.
- In grammar, of secondary or subordinate character; not independent, but answering an orthographic purpose.
- n. A slave; a menial.
- n. In grammar, a servile element, whether sound or character; a non-radical element.
- adj. of or pertaining to a slave
- adj. submissive or slavish
- n. grammar An element which forms no part of the original root.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a servant or slave; befitting a servant or a slave; proceeding from dependence; hence, meanly submissive; slavish; mean; cringing; fawning.
- adj. Held in subjection; dependent; enslaved.
- adj. Not belonging to the original root.
- adj. Not itself sounded, but serving to lengthen the preceeding vowel, as
- n. (Gram.) An element which forms no part of the original root; -- opposed to
- adj. submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior
- adj. relating to or involving slaves or appropriate for slaves or servants
- From Latin servīlis. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin servīlis, from servus, slave. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Because obviously black people can only be in servile positions * rolls eyes*”
“Such fear of punishment is compatible with charity, but it is not called servile unless punishment is looked upon as the principal evil, as we explained in Arts. 2 and 3.”
“On the first point: this saying of Augustine is to be understood as referring to one who does something out of servile fear because he is servile, that is, who has no love for justice, but merely fears punishment.”
“Wherefore in this respect those works are called servile whereby one man serves another.”
“The third is the servitude of God; and in this way the work of worship, which pertains to the service of God, may be called a servile work.”
“On the other hand, those works that are called servile in the first or second way are contrary to the observance of the Sabbath, in so far as they hinder man from applying himself to Divine things.”
“Before the days of Christianity, slaves alone were thus employed, and from the word "servi" or slaves these are called servile works.”
“From the first he repudiated the idea of servile imitation of ancient classical authors; discrimination should be shown in borrowing from their writings, and imitation should be restricted to features likely to strengthen the thought.”
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