groveling groveling  /ˈɡrɔ və lɪŋ/


  • (adj) totally submissive



  1. They could be defeated, they could be reduced to groveling before an Asian race, the Japanese.
  2. Some public groveling from the President may now be in order.
  3. The groveling worked for KPMG, which dodged indictment, but not for the 16 indicted employees, who couldn't afford their lawyers.


  • Serena, stop the racket

    Serena Williams had a shot at making things right. She didn’t take it. The world’s No. 1 ranked tennis player, an icon to girls and women everywhere, did not apologize yesterday for blaming a rape victim for her own attack. She never issued a groveling “sorry.’’ A day...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: New York Post


  1. "This is a moment you thought you'd never see," John said, though he did, of course, add that he had "written a groveling apology and offered to join the Kabbalah."
    on Sep 7, 2007 By: Elton John Source: Washington Blade

  2. "I want groveling," wrote Patt Morrison, an op-ed writer at The Los Angeles Times, over the weekend, echoing a chorus of others. "I want show-trial sweating and stammering. I want their nine-figure bonus checks endorsed over to the rest of...
    on Feb 9, 2009 By: Patt Morrison Source: New York Times

  3. "Adjectives like 'abject' and 'servile' come to mind," said Sir David Attenborough, who held a string of BBC management posts in the 1960s. "It is a sad day when that kind of groveling is required."
    on Jan 30, 2004 By: David Attenborough Source: USA Today

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