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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
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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  • He should thank all his minions for slavishly working to make him so.
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British Dictionary definitions for slavishly

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 slavishly

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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