subservience subservience  /səb ˈsɜr vi əns/


  1. (n) the condition of being something that is useful in reaching an end or carrying out a plan
  2. (n) in a subservient state
  3. (n) abject or cringing submissiveness


  1. The result is a colorful glimpse of rural Serbian culture, with its patrimonial society, strong family loyalties, female subservience, slow, leisurely discourse.
  2. Polygamy, with its rank inequality and female subservience, is too easy a target.
  3. When they heard the news, they called their own meeting in Paris, of course to denounce canine subservience to the human hyperpower.


  • How to Be an Intern

    Being an intern is sort of like being a teenager, in that you are expected to demonstrate the competence of an adult and the subservience of a child. It's awkward. You are puny and small, yet if you step outside your bounds, you will provoke irrational rage, as revealed with exceptional profanity by Barbara Morgan, communications director for Anthony Weiner, who railed that a Weiner intern who ...
    on August 1, 2013     Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News


  1. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday: "In our country, we cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of all identity.......... The burqa is not a religious sign, it's a sign of subservience,...
    on Jun 23, 2009 By: Nicolas Sarkozy Source: FOXNews

  2. "Most Canadians just don't care about the monarchy," he said. "It doesn't make sense in the 21st century for a country of Canada's stature to share its head of state with another country. It's a symbol of Canada's subservience. It's a symbol...
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: Tom Freda Source:

  3. "I've been really disappointed in the apparent subservience of the British government's policies related to many of the serious mistakes that have been originated in Washington," Carter said in an interview BBC-TV's news show "Nightline."
    on Sep 14, 2006 By: Jimmy Carter Source: International Herald Tribune

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