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menial

[mee-nee-uh l, meen-yuh l] /ˈmi ni əl, ˈmin yəl/
adjective
1.
lowly and sometimes degrading:
menial work.
2.
servile; submissive:
menial attitudes.
3.
pertaining to or suitable for domestic servants; humble:
menial furnishings.
noun
4.
a domestic servant.
5.
a servile person.
Origin of menial
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English meynyal < Anglo-French me(i)nial. See meiny, -al1
Related forms
menially, adverb
nonmenial, adjective
nonmenially, adverb
unmenial, adjective
unmenially, adverb
Synonyms
2. fawning. See servile. 4. attendant, underling, hireling, lackey.
Antonyms
1. dignified. 2. proud.
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menial

/ˈmiːnɪəl/
adjective
1.
consisting of or occupied with work requiring little skill, esp domestic duties such as cleaning
2.
of, involving, or befitting servants
3.
servile
noun
4.
a domestic servant
5.
a servile person
Derived Forms
menially, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-Norman meignial, from Old French meinie household. See meiny
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Word Origin and History for menial
adj.

late 14c., "pertaining to a household," from Anglo-French meignial, from Old French mesnie "household," earlier mesnede, from Vulgar Latin *mansionata, from Latin mansionem "dwelling" (see mansion). Sense of "lowly, humble, suited to a servant" is recorded by 1670s.

n.

"domestic servant," late 14c., meynyal; see menial (adj.).

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