Timeserving Time"serv`ing, n. An obsequious compliance with the spirit of the times, or the humors of those in power, which implies a surrender of one's independence, and sometimes of one's integrity. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Temporizing.

Usage: {Timeserving}, {Temporizing}. Both these words are applied to the conduct of one who adapts himself servilely to times and seasons. A timeserver is rather active, and a temporizer, passive. One whose policy is timeserving comes forward to act upon principles or opinions which may promote his advancement; one who is temporizing yields to the current of public sentiment or prejudice, and shrinks from a course of action which might injure him with others. The former is dishonest; the latter is weak; and both are contemptible. [1913 Webster]

Trimming and timeserving, which are but two words for the same thing, . . . produce confusion. --South. [1913 Webster]

[I] pronounce thee . . . a hovering temporizer, that Canst with thine eyes at once see good and evil, Inclining to them both. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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