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Definition serving in a less important role — sometimes implying excessive submissiveness
  • Aunt Jane evidently sustained a shock of recognition, joy, amaze, consternation, and shame, of which all were subservient to the joy.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • The vyes said nothing but whined deep in their throats and lowered themselves to the ground in a display of trembling subservience.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • I did not tell you so, because I vainly thought I could conquer my weaker feelings, and render every consideration subservient to my duty to you.'
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • There now's a patched professor in Queen Nature's granite-founded College; but methinks he's too subservient.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The threat to keep us subservient did not abate.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Take the Tortillas out of Your Poetry
  • The thirteen clans are subservient to Hrothgar, but each clan chief wields enormous power; they choose the new dwarf king when the old one dies.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • That's what she said:' The Elliott thing made an awkward, subservient bow that the two other cloaked figures mimicked.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • They had accepted that subservient role.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • You'll take your spectacular talent and make it obedient Originality and subservience together.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It wasn't about subservience or projecting a false image, it was about rendering true service.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Not subservient to the Laws of an angel who couldn't care less about us.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • "Madam Lestrange," murmured Tom, and as Hermione paused he inclined his head subserviently.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • His attitude became one of good-humored subservience and tacit adoration.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • It must amuse him, this fake subservience.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • I should show my subservience.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • It was one of the few tangents in their relationship where she felt unable to adopt a subservient point of view.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Doubt and fear, subservient to her will, no longer gave her sleepless nights and tortured days.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • The knight who was holding Alder grabbed his walkie-talkie and handed it to Kagan with a subservient bow.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • He became a glorified floor-walker, greeting the men with new poise, no longer coyly subservient to pretty women.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Claggart made a gesture of subservience, and proceeded.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd

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