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servility

Roget category 886

6. Words relating to the sentient and moral
6.2. Personal affections
›› 6.2.5. Extrinsic affections

#886. Servility

noun

servilityslavery etc. (subjection) 749obsequiousness etc. adj. — subserviencyabasementprostration, prosternationgenuflection etc. (worship) 990fawning etc. v. — tuft-hunting, timeserving, flunkeyismsycophancy etc. (flattery) 933humility etc. 879.
sycophant, parasitetoad, toady, toad-eatertufthuntersnob, flunky, flunkey, yes-man, lapdog, spaniel, lickspittle, smell-feast, Graeculus esuriens [Lat.], hanger on, cavaliere servente [It], led captain, carpet knighttimeserver, fortune hunter, Vicar of Bray, Sir-Pertinax, Max Sycophant, pickthank flatterer etc. 935doer of dirty workame damnee [Fr.], toolreptileslave etc. (servant) 746courtierbeat [Slang], dead beat [Slang], doughface [U.S.], heeler [U.S.], homme de cour [Fr.], sponger, sucker [Slang], tagtail, truckler.

verb

cringe, bow, stoop, kneel, bend the kneefall on one's knees, prostrate oneselfworship etc. 990.
sneak, crawl, crouch, cower, sponge, truckle to, grovel, fawn, lick the feet of, kiss the hem of one's garment, kiss one's ass [Vulg.], suck up.
pay court tofeed on, fatten on, dance attendance on, pin oneself upon, hang on the sleeve of, avaler les couleuvres [Fr.], keep time to, fetch and carry, do the dirty work of.
go with the stream, worship the rising sun, hold with the hare and run with the hounds.

adjective

servile, obsequioussupple, supple as a glovesoapy, oily, pliant, cringing, abased, dough-faced, fawning, slavish, groveling, sniveling, mealy-mouthedbeggarly, sycophantic, parasiticalabject, prostrate, down on ones marrowbonesbase, mean, sneakingcrouching etc. v..

adverb

hat in hand, cap in hand.



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