Definition of slavishly in English:



  • 1In a servile or submissive manner.

    ‘he slavishly followed the party line’
    ‘rules that must be slavishly obeyed whatever the circumstances’
    • ‘His grown daughter and his ex-brother-in-law slavishly run the estate for him.’
    • ‘Hardly any foreign visitors are allowed—only aid workers whose movements are tightly monitored, and those who slavishly praise a regime that has defied history.’
    • ‘During the Reagan years, the news media began to slavishly follow the dictates of the White House.’
    • ‘To the right sits a somnolent, patently oblivious Buddha-like man, slavishly attended by scantily clad concubines.’
    • ‘The entire crew worked slavishly night after night, and given the results, it shows.’
    • ‘When he stepped down from the rostrum at the end of his speech, he sat next to the deputy leader of the party, his most slavishly subservient follower.’
    • ‘He was slavishly devoted to a plane tree, as if the tree was something to be wondered at.’
    • ‘She is the slavishly adoring but unsightly would-be lover in his godforsaken garrison town.’
    • ‘His story reinforced a stereotype of these people as inhuman, mindless drones who slavishly serve their emperor.’
    • ‘She slavishly clutched the sleeve of her aunt's kimono.’
    1. 1.1 In a way that shows no attempt at originality.
      ‘they adhere slavishly to a script written for them’
      ‘children slavishly copy their football heroes’
      • ‘Instead of slavishly copying the current trend or concept, why not try to do things a little differently?’
      • ‘He isn't weighed down by the responsibility of adhering too slavishly to their melodic core.’
      • ‘If he does not slavishly copy appearances, there is no brag in his brush, no need to impress with his gifts.’
      • ‘The group is so slavishly imitative that it has not even noticed that the US tax year starts on January 1, but the New Zealand one starts on April 1.’
      • ‘Flattering as it may be to our egos, the Japanese don't always slavishly ape our tastes in entertainment.’
      • ‘For some musicians, punk was less a style to be slavishly imitated than the sound of a door opening.’
      • ‘Among her pet hates are what she describes as 'transient fashion', 'fashion victims', and slavishly following what celebrities are wearing.’
      • ‘The restaurants here are either dull and conservative or slavishly derivative in an almost adolescent way, without the wherewithal to carry it off.’
      • ‘I want a manager to have the freedom to select stocks, not slavishly follow the index.’
      • ‘There's no need for him to slavishly ape Hitchcock to be a great film-maker.’