groveling

[ gruhv-uhl, grov- ]SEE DEFINITION OF groveling

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He grabbed the groveling butcher and hoisted him from his wallow.

How groveling must be the ignorance which can be thus blinded!

They had not the low and groveling spirit which usually incites mobs.

If in that moment she appeared a groveling thing, it was only for a moment.

At every step she had to purchase silence by groveling humility.

Gasping, dying a thousand deaths, he lay there groveling in the dust.

On the other side he is tied by this body of clay to the groveling earth.

He is groveling to the public, sacrificing even his wife to the many headed.

No great character can ever be built with low, groveling ideals in the mind.

Without that they fall, and groveling die in weeds and dust.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, Shakespearian back-formation of groveling (Middle English), regarded as a present participle but really an adverb, from Old Norse grufe "prone" + obsolete adverbial suffix -ling (which survives also as the -long in headlong, sidelong); first element from Old Norse a grufu "on proneness." Perhaps related to creep. Related: Groveled; grovelled; groveling; grovelling.

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