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Webster 1913 Edition


Servile

Serv′ile

,
Adj.
[L.
servile
, fr.
servus
a servant or slave: cf. F.
servile
. See
Serve
.]
1.
Of or pertaining to a servant or slave; befitting a servant or a slave; proceeding from dependence; hence, meanly submissive; slavish; mean; cringing; fawning;
as,
servile
flattery;
servile
fear;
servile
obedience.
She must bend the
servile
knee.
Thomson.
Fearing dying pays death
servile
breath.
Shakespeare
2.
Held in subjection; dependent; enslaved.
Even fortune rules no more, O
servile
land!
Pope.
3.
(Gram.)
(a)
Not belonging to the original root;
as, a
servile
letter
.
(b)
Not itself sounded, but serving to lengthen the preceeding vowel, as e in tune.

Serv′ile

,
Noun.
(Gram.)
An element which forms no part of the original root; – opposed to
radical
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Servile

SERV'ILE

,
Adj.
[L. 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.

Definition 2022


servile

servile

English

Adjective

servile (comparative more servile, superlative most servile)

  1. of or pertaining to a slave.
    • Alexander Pope
      Even fortune rules no more, O servile land!
  2. submissive or slavish.
    servile flattery; servile obedience
  3. (grammar) Not belonging to the original root.
    a servile letter
  4. (grammar) Not sounded, but serving to lengthen the preceding vowel, like the e in tune.

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Noun

servile (plural serviles)

  1. (grammar) An element which forms no part of the original root.

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French

Etymology

From Latin servīlis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /sɛʁ.vil/

Adjective

servile m, f (plural serviles)

  1. servile, slavish, subservient

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Italian

Etymology

From Latin servīlis.

Adjective

servile

  1. servile

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Latin

Adjective

servīle

  1. nominative neuter singular of servīlis
  2. accusative neuter singular of servīlis
  3. vocative neuter singular of servīlis