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She acknowledged her submission in a servile tone.
  submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)


relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands


slave-like or relating to slaves
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servile servility servilely
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  • She acknowledged her submission in a servile tone.
  • We expect our waiters to give world-class service, but not to be so servile they sacrifice their human dignity.
  • To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
    Theodore Roosevelt (26th US President)
  • He heard the fawning servility in his own voice but was unable to control it.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining

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  • I grew to like these mountain people, silent, reserved, never servile...
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • never had he been so servile at the search but now he wanted to show he was innocent—Come on, frisk me!
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • He obeyed then, but the strength of his desire protested against the servility of his conduct;
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • The crouching servility, usually so acceptable a quality in a slave, did not...
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Then, what submission, what cringing and fawning, what servility, what abject humiliation!
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • ...the house-elf’s attitude of creeping servility looked convincing.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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  • Yes, but I had only the credit of servilely copying such sentences as I was ashamed to put my name to.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • —or again to go out into the street simply to experience what it was like to walk into all the doors, all the joints and movies and restaurants, to talk to white men in the lobby without servility, to look at women and see them smile courteously.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • When his servant entered.... The man was quite impassive, and waited for his orders. Dorian ... could see the reflection of Victor’s face perfectly. It was like a placid mask of servility.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • I find myself liking only those who are servile.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The effort succeeded, for an instant he unconsciously relapsed into his old servile manner, bent low before me, and actually fawned upon me as he replied.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • My grandmother, too, followed their orders, except that she didn’t seem to be servile because she anticipated their needs.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • She also is dressed with great neatness, and her white, delicate hands betray very little acquaintance with servile toil.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • A field of elephant grass weighted with wind, bowing under the stir of a helicopter’s blades, the grass dark and servile, bending low, but then rising straight again when the chopper went away.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Standing at this table, I became conscious of the servile Pumblechook in a black cloak and several yards of hatband, who was alternately stuffing himself, and making obsequious movements to catch my attention.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • ’Are you guilty?’ said Winston.
    "Of course I’m guilty!" cried Parsons with a servile glance at the telescreen. "You don’t think the Party would arrest an innocent man, do you? ... Thoughtcrime is a dreadful thing,"
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • But what they want though it smells of death and can be made of India-rubber, at least is not alive, has no will, is servile and won’t revolt!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • I call you servile ministers
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • keep us all in servile fearfulness
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • I did not, however, aim at gaining his favour by paying any servile respect to him, but, after some time, took this other method.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • But it is impossible to express his noble resentment at our savage treatment of the Houyhnhnm race; particularly after I had explained the manner and use of castrating horses among us, to hinder them from propagating their kind, and to render them more servile.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • obedient, be servile,
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • ...thou art servile to all the...
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • The lieutenant took a look at the bowed servile figure on the bench.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Just the sight of her from the bathroom door was enough to revive the torture of school, the unbearable boredom of daily Mass, the terror of examinations, the servile diligence of the novices, all of that life distorted by the prism of spiritual poverty.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • ...the old soldier grew indignant with the servile excitement of the people and he realized that something had changed in the makeup of the men since the days when they would leave their wives and children and toss a shotgun on their shoulders to go off to war.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • From imposition of strict laws to free
    Acceptance of large grace; from servile fear
    To filial;
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • When he turned into Major Callendar’s compound he could with difficulty restrain himself from getting down from the tonga and approaching the bungalow on foot, and this not because his soul was servile but because his feelings—the sensitive edges of him— feared a gross snub.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Formerly he had the same combination of servility and impertinence which Wilkerson possessed...
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • And wasn’t that old slave a scientist—or at least called one, recognized as one—even when he stood with hat in hand, bowing and scraping in senile and obscene servility?
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Tom said, "Well" and then his voice took on a servile whine.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • "Sycophant—a servile flatterer," she twanged proudly like she was giving an answer in English class.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • A servile constable brought them on a plastic tray...
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • A shade of mockery relieved the servility of his manner.
    "There’s nothing to touch a good slavey," he affirmed.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Abashed glances of servile wonder were exchanged by the sailors, as this was said; and with fascinated eyes they awaited whatever magic might follow.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It was just an innkeeper: friendly, servile, and so unassuming as to almost be invisible.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Some men were to be feared, and stalked cautiously; it was necessary to be servile with some; others were to be approached the way I was approached.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Hoss trusted him, he was the Commandant’s pet Polack; but within this simple being, superficially servile and obliging, there beat the heart of a patriot who had shown that he could be counted upon for certain missions, provided they were not too mentally taxing or complex.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Soon the door will open, and in will crowd a horde of snide and treacherous little girls, whispering and pointing, and I will be servile, gratefulů My hands begin to sweat.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Obligingly Gyuri stepped forward, opened it, set it down with a servile bow of his head, and stepped away for the old guy to look at it.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He noticed that they whispered to one another, casting significant looks at him with a kind of awe and even servility.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • There is a mixture of servility and self-importance in his letter, which promises well.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Near him stood another man who wore a second lieutenant’s insignia, yet hovered about the lower-ranking corporal with eager servility.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • ’—’Well,’ replied the traveller, who seemed used to this difference between the servility of a man of the cities and the pride of the mountaineer, ’if you refuse wages, you will, perhaps, accept a gift.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He’s too casual, he’s not servile enough.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • It was distinctly more fitting to his newborn dignity to be as rude as possible; it was a sure sign of servility to meekly reply to civil questions.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
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