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menial

[mee-nee-uhl, meen-yuhl]
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:
1350–1400; Middle English meynyal < Anglo-French me(i)nial. See meiny, -al1

menially, adverb
nonmenial, adjective
nonmenially, adverb
unmenial, adjective
unmenially, adverb


2. fawning. See servile. 4. attendant, underling, hireling, lackey.


1. dignified. 2. proud.
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menial (ˈmiːnɪəl)
 
adj
1.  consisting of or occupied with work requiring little skill, esp domestic duties such as cleaning
2.  of, involving, or befitting servants
3.  servile
 
n
4.  a domestic servant
5.  a servile person
 
[C14: from Anglo-Norman meignial, from Old French meinie household. See meiny]
 
'menially
 
adv

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menial
late 14c., "pertaining to a household," from Anglo-Fr. meignial, from O.Fr. mesnie "household," earlier mesnede, from V.L. *mansionata, from L. mansionem "dwelling" (see mansion). Sense of "lowly, humble, suited to a servant" is first recorded 1670s. Noun meaning "domestic
servant" is late 14c., meynyal.
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