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slavish

[sley-vish] /ˈsleɪ vɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of or befitting a slave:
slavish subjection.
2.
being or resembling a slave; abjectly submissive:
He was slavish in his obedience.
3.
base; mean; ignoble:
slavish fears.
4.
deliberately imitative; lacking originality:
a slavish reproduction.
Origin of slavish
1555-1565
1555-65; slave + -ish1
Related forms
slavishly, adverb
slavishness, noun
overslavish, adjective
overslavishly, adverb
overslavishness, noun
Synonyms
2. groveling, sycophantic, fawning, cringing. See servile.
Antonyms
2. independent. 3. exalted.
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  • When the mass of men emerged from slavish obedience and made democracy inevitable, the taboo entered upon its final illness.

    A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann
  • I am an inexperienced girl, but I am not slavish, There has been too much of that in Russia.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • I do not think any boy realized the tragedy of those hopeless, wasted, slavish lives.

    A Boy's Town W. D. Howells
  • On the other hand a slavish attachment to old established practices may prevail.

    The Teacher Jacob Abbott
  • Pp. 68-69: "repitition" changed to "repetition" (slavish repetition).

British Dictionary definitions for slavish

slavish

/ˈsleɪvɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of or befitting a slave
2.
being or resembling a slave; servile
3.
unoriginal; imitative
4.
(archaic) ignoble
Derived Forms
slavishly, adverb
slavishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for slavish
adj.

1560s, from slave (n.) + -ish. Sense of "servilely imitative, lacking originality or independence" is from 1753. Related: Slavishly; slavishness.

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