servility

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Obsequiousness
Nouns
1. servility, obsequiousness, subserviency; abasement (see humility); prostration, genuflection; fawning, ingratiation; tuft-hunting, timeserving, flunkyism; sycophancy, flattery. Slang, apple-polishing.
2. sycophant, parasite; toady, freeloader, tuft-hunter; snob, flunky, slavey, lapdog; hanger-on, leech, sponger; clinging vine; time-server, fortune-hunter; flatterer, lick-spittle; henchman, hireling, tool, cat's-paw; courtier. Slang, yesman, handshaker, baby-kisser, back-slapper, apple-polisher, Uncle Tom, Aunt Jemima, latch, pancake. See servant.
Verbs
1. cringe, bow, stoop, kneel, bend the knee; sneak, crawl, crouch, cower; truckle to, curry favor with; grovel, fawn, lick the feet of, kiss the hem of one's garment, throw oneself at the feet of; freeload.
2. pay court to, make up to; dance attendance on, wait on hand and foot, hang on the sleeve of, fetch and carry, do the dirty work of. Informal, sponge. Slang, polish the apple, play up to, kiss ass.
Adjectives — servile, obsequious, abject; soapy, oily, unctuous; flattering, adulatory, fulsome; pliant, cringing, subservient, fawning, slavish, groveling, sniveling, mealymouthed; beggarly, sycophantic, parasitical; base, mean, sneaking, skulking.
Adverbs — servilely, abjectly, etc.; with hat in hand; abased.
Antonyms, see insolence.
II
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun A state of subjugation to an owner or master: bondage, enslavement, helotry, serfdom, servileness, servitude, slavery, thrall, thralldom, villeinage, yoke. See OVER.

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  • Servility — Ser*vil i*ty, n. [Cf. F. servilit[ e].] The quality or state of being servile; servileness. [1913 Webster] To be a queen in bondage is more vile Than is a slave in base servility. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • servility — index amenability, discipline (obedience), fealty, homage Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Servility — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Servility >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 servility servility Sgm: N 1 slavery slavery &c.(subjection) 749 Sgm: N 1 obsequiousness obsequiousness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 subserviency subserviency Sgm: N 1 abasement …   English dictionary for students

  • servility — servile ► ADJECTIVE 1) excessively willing to serve or please others. 2) of or characteristic of a slave or slaves. DERIVATIVES servilely adverb servility noun. ORIGIN Latin servilis, from servus slave …   English terms dictionary

  • servility — noun see servile …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • servility — See servilely. * * * …   Universalium

  • servility — noun the condition of being servile …   Wiktionary

  • servility — Synonyms and related words: abjection, abjectness, absolutism, acquiescence, agreeability, agreeableness, allegiance, apple polishing, ass kissing, back seat, baseness, bend, bending the knee, biddability, bob, bond service, bondage, bow, bowing… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • servility — ser·vil·i·ty || sÉœr vɪlÉ™tɪ /sɜː n. condition of being a slave; extreme submissiveness, subservience; quality of being servile …   English contemporary dictionary

  • servility — n. 1. Slavery, bondage, dependence. 2. Slavishness, baseness, meanness, abjectness, abjection, obsequiousness, fawning, sycophancy …   New dictionary of synonyms

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