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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
 
Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section II. Personal Affections
5. Extrinsic Affections
 
886. Servility.
 
  
NOUN:SERVILITY; slavery (subjection) [See Subjection]; obsequiousness &c. adj.; subserviency; abasement, prostration, prosternation [obs.]; genuflection (worship) [See Worship]; toadeating; fawning &c. v.; tufthunting, timeserving, flunkyism or flunkeyism; sycophancy (flattery) [See Flattery]; humility [See Humility].
  SYCOPHANT, parasite; toad, toady, toadeater, tufthunter; snob, flunky or flunkey, lapdog, spaniel, lick-spit, lick-spittle, smell-feast, Grœculus esuriens [L.], hanger on, cavalier (or cavaliere) servente [It.], led captain, carpet knight; timeserver, fortune hunter, Vicar of Bray, Sir Pertinax MacSycophant, pickthank; flatterer [See Flatterer]; doer of dirty work; âme damnée [F.], tool; reptile; slave (servant) [See Servant]; homme de cour [F.], courtier; beat [slang], dead beat [slang], doughface [slang, U. S.]; heeler, ward heeler [both polit. cant, U. S.]; jackal, sponge, sponger, sucker [slang], tagtail, truckler.
  
VERB:CRINGE, bow, stoop, kneel, bend the knee; fall on one’s knees, prostrate oneself; worship [See Worship].
  fawn, crouch, cower, sneak, crawl, sponge, truckle, toady, truckle to, grovel, lick the feet of, lick one’s shoes, make a doormat of oneself, kiss the hem of one’s garment; be servile &c. adj.
  pay court to; feed on, fatten on, batten on, dance attendance on, follow at heel, pin oneself upon, hang on the sleeve of, avaler les couleuvres [F.], keep time to, fetch and carry, do the dirty work of.
  go with the stream, follow the crowd, worship the rising sun, hold with the hare and run with the hounds; get on the band wagon; be a timeserver &c. n.
  
ADJECTIVE:SERVILE, obsequious; supple, - as a glove; soapy [slang], oily, pliant, cringing, abased, dough-faced [colloq.], fawning, slavish, groveling, reptilian, sniveling, mealy-mouthed; beggarly, sycophantic, parasitical; abject, prostrate, down on one’s marrowbones [jocular or slang]; base, mean, sneaking; crouching &c. v.; timeserving.
  
ADVERB:WITH SERVILITY &c. n.; hat -, cap- in hand; “in a bondman’s key” [Merchant of Venice]; “with bated breath and whispering humbleness” [ibid].
  
INTERJECTION:so please you! as my lord wills! don’t mind me!

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