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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sur-vil, -vahyl]
    • /ˈsɜr vɪl, -vaɪl/
    • /ˈsɜː.vaɪl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sur-vil, -vahyl]
    • /ˈsɜr vɪl, -vaɪl/

Definitions of servility word

  • adjective servility slavishly submissive or obsequious; fawning: servile flatterers. 1
  • adjective servility characteristic of, proper to, or customary for slaves; abject: servile obedience. 1
  • adjective servility yielding slavishly; truckling (usually followed by to). 1
  • adjective servility extremely imitative, especially in the arts; lacking in originality. 1
  • adjective servility being in slavery; oppressed. 1
  • adjective servility of, relating to, or involving slaves or servants. 1

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Origin of servility

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin servīlis, equivalent to serv- (stem of servīre to be a slave) + -īlis -ile

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Parts of speech for Servility


servility popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 52% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

servility usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for servility

noun servility

  • bondage — Bondage is the condition of being someone's property and having to work for them.
  • cajolery — persuasion by flattery or promises; wheedling; coaxing.
  • defeatism — Defeatism is a way of thinking or talking which suggests that you expect to be unsuccessful.
  • docility — easily managed or handled; tractable: a docile horse.

Antonyms for servility

noun servility

  • arrogance — the quality or state of being arrogant; overbearing pride or self-importance
  • conceitedness — having an excessively favorable opinion of one's abilities, appearance, etc.
  • contemptuousness — showing or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful; disrespectful.
  • high-handedness — condescending or presumptuous; overbearing; arbitrary: He has a highhanded manner.
  • imperiousness — domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing: an imperious manner; an imperious person.

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