The twin curses of democracy, slavishness and jealousy, are curiously blended in their views of social and political life.
He is not boisterously contemptuous of the slavishness of Senators as Penrose was.
1560s, from slave (n.) + -ish. Sense of "servilely imitative, lacking originality or independence" is from 1753. Related: Slavishly; slavishness.