- I(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)ObsequiousnessNouns1. servility, obsequiousness, subserviency; abasement (see humility); prostration, genuflection; fawning, ingratiation; tuft-hunting, timeserving, flunkyism; sycophancy, flattery. Slang, apple-polishing.2. sycophant, parasite; toady, freeloader, tuft-hunter; snob, flunky, slavey, lapdog; hanger-on, leech, sponger; clinging vine; time-server, fortune-hunter; flatterer, lick-spittle; henchman, hireling, tool, cat's-paw; courtier. Slang, yesman, handshaker, baby-kisser, back-slapper, apple-polisher, Uncle Tom, Aunt Jemima, latch, pancake. See servant.Verbs1. cringe, bow, stoop, kneel, bend the knee; sneak, crawl, crouch, cower; truckle to, curry favor with; grovel, fawn, lick the feet of, kiss the hem of one's garment, throw oneself at the feet of; freeload.2. pay court to, make up to; dance attendance on, wait on hand and foot, hang on the sleeve of, fetch and carry, do the dirty work of. Informal, sponge. Slang, polish the apple, play up to, kiss ass.Adjectives — servile, obsequious, abject; soapy, oily, unctuous; flattering, adulatory, fulsome; pliant, cringing, subservient, fawning, slavish, groveling, sniveling, mealymouthed; beggarly, sycophantic, parasitical; base, mean, sneaking, skulking.Adverbs — servilely, abjectly, etc.; with hat in hand; abased.Antonyms, see insolence.II(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun A state of subjugation to an owner or master: bondage, enslavement, helotry, serfdom, servileness, servitude, slavery, thrall, thralldom, villeinage, yoke. See OVER.
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