Meaning of SERVILITY in English


(ˌ)sərˈviləd.ē, _səˈv-, sə̄ˈv-, səiˈv-, -lətē, -i noun

( -es )

Etymology: servile (I) + -ity

1. : a slave's condition : the state of slavery : servitude


a. : a mean or cringing submissiveness : obsequiousness

his political advisers flattered him with grotesque servility — Times Literary Supplement

b. : lack of independence or spirit : undue dependence or deference

3. : slavish imitation in following a model : want of originality, inspiration, or invention

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