Why should we acquiesce in the preparation of our spirits for the worst kind of servility—slavery to fate?
Even a duped people, trained in servility, will not consent to be governed by an unsuccessful autocracy.
Now, he was her humble petitioner, but this servility could be of no avail to save him from shame.
Athalie carried her submissiveness to servility, in the presence of Timéa and the major.
A legion of hirelings were zealous to show their servility and loyalty to their lords.
All servility vanished from the demeanour of the common people with whom I came in contact.
To such depths of servility and degradation do apostate nations fall.
The republican New World is no less impested with servility than the monarchial Old.
Nor were they corrupted by the servility of the surrounding ear.
Why, indeed, should I owe loyalty and allegiance to a Government that stamps my brow with the badge of servility and inferiority?
late 14c., from Latin servilis "of a slave" (as in Servile Wars, name given to the slave revolts in the late Roman Republic), also "slavish, servile," from servus "slave" (see serve (v.)). Earliest sense was legal, servile work being forbidden on the Sabbath; sense of "cringing, fawning" first recorded c.1600.