-n. 3. servility, servileness, slavishness, obsequiousness, obsequence, subservience, Obs. vernility; submissiveness, docility, unassertiveness, compliance, acquiescence, deference, tractability, tractableness, Tomishness, Uncle Tomishness; prostration, obeisance, abjection, abjectness, self-abasement; groveling, crawling, creeping, slithering; kowtowing, crouching, bowing, bowing and scraping; squirming, cringing, cowering; whining, whimpering, sniveling.
4. sycophancy, sycophantism, toadyism, toadeating, tufthunting, lip-homage, mouth-honor, unctuousness, fawningness, flattery, Inf. butter, Inf. oil, Inf honey, Sl. banana oil, Sl. goo, Rare, blandiloquence, Obs. blanding, Obs., Rare, blandation, Obs., Rare, blandil-oquy; truckling, Sl. falling all over, toadying, slavering, Inf. buttering, Inf. soaping, Inf. oiling, Inf honeying, Inf apple-polishing; All Sl. shining up to, sucking up to, playing up to, buttering-up, brown-nosing; courting, paying court to, currying favor, dancing attendance upon, licking [s.o.'s] shoes, kissing [s.o.'s] feet, Sl. bootlicking.
5. cajolery, wheedling, beguilement, beguiling, blandishment, blandishing, blarney, coaxing, palaver, palavering, Inf soft soap, Inf. sweet talk, Inf honeyed words, Sl. line, Sl. snow job, Archaic, gloze; humoring, jollying, pampering, coddling, petting, pandering to, catering to, Inf stroking. fay, n. fairy, sprite, pixy, sylph, peri, nixie, nix; elf, brownie, leprechaun, gnome; kobold, genie. faze, v. Informal, daunt, intimidate, unnerve, dismay, petrify, frighten, affright, scare, Archaic, amate; overawe, terrorize, threaten, cow; disconcert, alarm, appall, take aback, Inf. take the fight out of, abash, Inf. shake up.
2. dishearten, discourage, dispirit, unman; deter, set back, put off, check, thwart, shake, take the heart out of, Inf take the starch out of. fear, n. 1. dread, fright, Inf. funk, fearfulness; terror, horror, panic; alarm, perturbation, dismay, consternation, trepidation; apprehension, misgiving, uncertainty, suspicion, mistrust, distrust, qualm; worry, disquiet, disquietude, solicitude, concern.
2. angst, fear and trembling, anguish, anxiety; trembling, shaking, quaking, quivering, palpitation; uneasiness, apprehensiveness, Inf. butterflies, nervousness, queasiness; cowardice, timidity, diffidence; hesitation, cold feet, second thoughts; Sl. the creeps; bugaboo, bogy, Fr. bete noire, nightmare; phobia.
3. awe, amazement, reverence, veneration, respect,
-v. 4. dread, be afraid, be scared, take fright, be alarmed; mistrust, distrust, suspect, anticipate, expect, apprehend, forebode; hesitate, falter, have second thoughts, Sl. have cold feet; quail, flinch, recoil, shy, shrink, blench, Inf. funk; cower, skulk, crouch; shiver, shudder, quiver, shake in one's boots, tremble.
5. worry, be anxious, be concerned about, be solicitous, be disquieted.
6. revere, reverence, venerate, stand in awe of. fearful, adj. 1. dreadful, dread, terrifying, frightful, direful, appalling; terrible, grievous, grim, dire, baleful, dark; alarming, distressing, harrowing, rending; redoubtable, fearsome, formidable, awful; horrible, horrendous, monstrous, atrocious; hideous, ghastly, eerie, grisly, gruesome, unspeakable; abhorrent, revolting, repulsive, repugnant, loathsome, deadly, fell.
2. afraid, scared, frightened, Archaic, affrighted, fearsome; terrified, panic-stricken, terror-stricken; apprehensive, alarmed, worried, uneasy, disquieted; distrustful, dreading, shrinking; tense, nervous, panicky; tremulous, shaky, on edge, jumpy, jittery, edgy, anxious; cowardly, craven, pusillanimous, white-livered, lily-livered, chicken-hearted.