slavish

  • 1 Slavish — Slav ish, a. Of or pertaining to slaves; such as becomes or befits a slave; servile; excessively laborious; as, a slavish life; a slavish dependance on the great. {Slav ish*ly}, adv. {Slav ish*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 slavish — [slā′vish] adj. 1. of or characteristic of a slave or slaves; specif., a) hopelessly submissive; servile b) Now Rare involving drudgery; laborious 2. blindly dependent or imitative [slavish adherence to a model] slavishly adv. slavishness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 slavish — index loyal, obsequious, pliable, pliant, sequacious, servile, subservient Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 slavish — 1560s, from SLAVE (Cf. slave) + ISH (Cf. ish). Sense of servilely imitative is from 1753. Related: Slavishly; slavishness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 slavish — servile, menial, *subservient, obsequious Analogous words: *mean, abject, ignoble, sordid: *tame, subdued, submissive: *miserable, wretched …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 slavish — is spelt without an e …

    Modern English usage

  • 7 slavish — ► ADJECTIVE 1) showing no attempt at originality. 2) servile or submissive. DERIVATIVES slavishly adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 slavish — slavishly, adv. slavishness, n. /slay vish/, adj. 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… …

    Universalium

  • 9 slavish — [[t]sle͟ɪvɪʃ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED (disapproval) You use slavish to describe things that copy or imitate something exactly, without any attempt to be original. She herself insists she is no slavish follower of fashion. Derived words: slavishly ADV… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 slavish — slav•ish [[t]ˈsleɪ vɪʃ[/t]] adj. 1) of or befitting a slave: slavish subjection[/ex] 2) being or resembling a slave; abjectly submissive 3) deliberately imitative: a slavish reproduction[/ex] 4) base; mean; ignoble: slavish fears[/ex] • Etymology …

    From formal English to slang

  • 11 slavish — /ˈsleɪvɪʃ/ (say slayvish) adjective 1. of or befitting a slave: slavish submission. 2. being or resembling a slave; abjectly submissive. 3. base; mean; ignoble: slavish fears. 4. painstakingly faithful, as a copy; lacking originality: a slavish… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 12 slavish — slav|ish [ sleıvıʃ ] adjective always doing or following what other people say or do without thinking very much for yourself: She shows a slavish devotion to her job. It was a slavish imitation of his professor s work. ╾ slav|ish|ly adverb ╾… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 slavish — adjective slavish imitation/devotion etc behaviour or actions that show that you cannot make your own decisions about what you should do: a slavish devotion to duty slavishly adverb slavishness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 slavish — adjective 1) slavish lackeys of the government Syn: servile, subservient, fawning, obsequious, sycophantic, toadying, unctuous; informal bootlicking, forelock tugging See note at obsequious 2) slavish copying Sy …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 slavish — UK [ˈsleɪvɪʃ] / US adjective always doing or following what other people say or do without thinking very much for yourself She shows a slavish devotion to her job. It was a slavish imitation of his professor s work. Derived words: slavishly… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 slavish — adj. Slavish is used with these nouns: ↑adherence, ↑devotion, ↑imitation …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 slavish — slav|ish [ˈsleıvıʃ] adj obeying, supporting, or copying someone completely used to show disapproval ▪ a slavish adherence to the rules >slavishly adv ▪ not a rule to be slavishly followed in every instance >slavishness n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 slavish — adjective Date: 1565 1. a. of or characteristic of a slave; especially basely or abjectly servile b. archaic despicable, low 2. archaic oppressive, tyrannical 3. copying obsequiously or without originality ; …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 slavish — adjective in the manner of a slave; abject …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 slavish — Synonyms and related words: abused, apish, base, browbeaten, difficult, downtrod, downtrodden, emulative, formidable, ground down, heavy, henpecked, imitative, in leading strings, knotty, laborious, mean, menial, miserable, misused, obeisant,… …

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