One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Willingness to obey others unquestioningly.‘he demonstrated his complete subservience to his masters’‘blind subservience to authority’
- ‘He had promised subservience to Alexander.’
- ‘He is obsessed with religion, with strict adherence to ceremony and unquestioning subservience to the teachings of the church.’
- ‘They refuse to live in subservience to governmental elites.’
- ‘The decommissioning demand is about showing subservience to unionism.’
- ‘Clawing for tenure in a savage competition, the upwardly mobile learn subservience to superiors.’
- 1.1 The condition of being less important than something else.‘is it a case of the subservience of the divine to political beliefs?’
- ‘We have much to learn from our medieval forebears, but we cannot turn to them for an ideal or example of scholarly humility or subservience.’
- ‘His aesthetic theories, which naturally dominate his writing, run counter to this idea of the subservience of art to nature.’
- ‘From all accounts, in his case, humility does not mean subservience.’
- ‘The subserviency of means to an end implies the presence of intelligence.’
- ‘He's constantly demanding female subservience in a mad attempt at securing his masculinity.’
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