servile (adj.)

late 14c., from Latin servilis "of a slave" (as in Servile Wars, name given to the slave revolts in the late Roman Republic), also "slavish, servile," from servus "slave" (see serve (v.)). Earliest sense was legal, servile work being forbidden on the Sabbath; sense of "cringing, fawning" first recorded c. 1600.

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Definitions of servile from WordNet

servile (adj.)
relating to or involving slaves or appropriate for slaves or servants;
servile work
the servile wars of Sicily
Brown's attempt at servile insurrection
servile (adj.)
submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior;
servile tasks such as floor scrubbing and barn work
spoke in a servile tone
the incurably servile housekeeper