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Compare that moment of exaltation with the grovelling life of your Christians!

With a sense of grovelling meanness, Philip sat and listened.

He ended; and clung clasping our knees and grovelling at them.

Beggars display their stumps and their sores, grovelling on the ground like brutes.

He will paint her as Circe, mocking at her grovelling herd of swine!

But she still clung to his knees, grovelling on the ground before him.

They were grovelling at his feet on the instant, and a driver behind me laughed.

Not that Ratcliffe had anything to do with all this underhand and grovelling intrigue.

This was not war, this ignominious crawling, this grovelling in the soil, this halting!

Grovelling in the mud with the poor devils who cannot rise?'

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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