Webster 1913 Edition
servusa servant or slave: cf. F.
Of or pertaining to a servant or slave; befitting a servant or a slave; proceeding from dependence; hence, meanly submissive; slavish; mean; cringing; fawning;
She must bend the
Fearing dying pays death
Held in subjection; dependent; enslaved.
Even fortune rules no more, O
Not belonging to the original root;
Not itself sounded, but serving to lengthen the preceeding vowel, as e in tune.
An element which forms no part of the original root; – opposed to
Webster 1828 Edition
1. Such as pertains to a servant or slave; slavish; mean; such as proceeds from dependence; as servile fear; servile obedience.
2. Held in subjection; dependent.
Ev'n fortune rules no more a servile land. Pope.
3. Cringing; fawning; meanly submissive; as servile flattery.
She must bend the servile knee. Thomson.