Synonyms for grovel

Grammar : Verb
Spell : gruhv-uhl, grov-
Phonetic Transcription : ˈgrʌv əl, ˈgrɒv-

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Définition of grovel

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.
  • verb abase, demean oneself
Example sentences :
  • Ali says she was like a wild beast, but he twisted her wrist and made her grovel in the dust.
  • Extract from : « An Outcast of the Islands » by Joseph Conrad
  • The women shriek and swoon, grovel on the ground, and tear their hair.
  • Extract from : « The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba » by Walter Goodman
  • But don't let him have her, don't let him be happy with her, while I grovel here in shame!
  • Extract from : « In a Little Town » by Rupert Hughes
  • My clients came to me, singly and in pairs, to grovel and to implore.
  • Extract from : « The Plum Tree » by David Graham Phillips
  • Do you think that I have followed you here to grovel at your feet for mere whim?
  • Extract from : « Tommy and Co. » by Jerome K. Jerome
  • Then we grovel in the dust of a million years, and ask God why.
  • Extract from : « Strictly Business » by O. Henry
  • He wished he could frighten her, force her to grovel, but someone might try to stop him from doing it.
  • Extract from : « Shaman » by Robert Shea
  • So long as it continued to grovel in the depths, we could not think of setting out.
  • Extract from : « The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2 » by Roald Amundsen
  • Are you to be happy, while I grovel in the intensity of my wretchedness?
  • Extract from : « Frankenstein » by Mary W. Shelley
  • And they grovel before me on the floor, placing all this plaything of a meal at my feet.
  • Extract from : « Madame Chrysantheme Complete » by Pierre Loti

Antonyms for grovel

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