timeserver

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n timeserver one who conforms to current ways and opinions for personal advantage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Timeserver One who adapts his opinions and manners to the times; one who obsequiously compiles with the ruling power; -- now used only in a bad sense.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n timeserver One who acts conformably to times and seasons: now generally applied to one who meanly and for selfish ends adapts his opinions and manners to the times; one who panders to the ruling power.
    • n timeserver Synonyms See definitions of temporizer and trimmer.
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Usage

In literature:

Hypocrisy and timeserving above are accompanied by hypocrisy and timeserving below.
"Character" by Samuel Smiles
If he was a timeserver and leagued with my Lord Warwick's faction in the Company, he was a jovial sinner.
"To Have and To Hold" by Mary Johnston
The antecedents of its principal members are those of timeserving politicians.
"Atlantic Monthly,Volume 14, No. 82, August, 1864" by Various
They were simply timeservers.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 4 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
I knew none other there, save the fox face of Tarbet, called the Timeserver.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
No timeserving, self-seeking stump-agitator was Andries Botma.
"Aletta" by Bertram Mitford
Timeservers bowed the knee to so much power; the charitable accepted so splendid an atonement.
"The Great Miss Driver" by Anthony Hope
Pilate showed himself throughout the trial a craven coward and contemptible timeserver.
"The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. II (of II)" by Walter M. Chandler
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