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  • n  abject or cringing submissiveness

  • Former President John Quincy Adams praised his "calmness," "gentleness" and "discretion," though not his "profound dissimulation" and "fawning servility.
  • For others, he presented a poignant spectacle of servility that his utterances in the years to come did little to dispel.
  • He sings about touchy subjects such as servility and reawakening.

  • James Madison in The Columbian
    Madison wrote "During almost 15 centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity; in both,...
  • Teodoro Petkoff in New Straits Times
    Teodoro Petkoff, campaign manager for Chavez' presidential opponent Manuel Rosales, said: "In an environment of obsequiousness and servility, 'I, the Supreme (Chavez) am ready to legislate, backed by this far-reaching, enabling law."
  • Charlotte Wilson in NEFAC
    Similar to the "Tyrannies" debate found later in this anthology, Wilson writes: "We are often keenly aware within ourselves of a desire to rule some fellow-creature, who tempts us by his servility or his feeble defiance; of a sense of equal social...

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