from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Verbal expression of agreement or allegiance, unsupported by real conviction or action; hypocritical respect: "Lip service continues to be paid to resolving regional conflicts, but there is no sense of urgency” ( Henry A. Kissinger).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Empty talk; words absent of action or intention.
  • n. Cunnilingus, the act of using the mouth and tongue to stimulate the female genitals, especially the clitoris and labium. (Sometimes also referred to as giving lip.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. expression by the lips of obedience and devotion without the performance of acts suitable to such sentiments.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction


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  • Schirach's argument was that of self-interest, with the familiar disguise of concept of duty to the Reich, appeal to the subject's vanity, and a formal lip service to the "strain" on the Führer.


  • English judicial theory on the binding force of ratio decidendi emphasize the liberty of judges to disregard the views of their predecessors, though they may pay lip service to precedent.


  • Robin Grey had a Beria-KGB classification 4/22/a: "An important British traitor paying lip service to Marxist-Leninist ideals.

    Noble House

  • [It is noticeable that, although paying lip service to Kluge's seniority with an occasional "sir," Zeitzler takes Hitler's part throughout the discussion, to the extent almost of being insubordinate.]


  • Civil-society advocates of CSR increasingly accuse firms of merely paying lip service to the idea of good corporate citizenship.

    Creative Capitalism

  • “Certain agencies paid lip service to integration just because they thought it was what the clients wanted,” says Robert Gray, managing director of Mercier Gray.16

    Experiential Marketing


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