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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n groveler someone who humbles himself as a sign of respect; who behaves as if he had no self-respect
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Groveler One who grovels; an abject wretch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n groveler One who grovels; a person of a base, mean, groveling disposition.
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  • William M. Thackeray
    “Whenever he met a great man he groveled before him, and my-lorded him as only a free-born Briton can do.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “There is no self-delusion more fatal than that which makes the conscience dreamy with the anodyne of lofty sentiments, while the life is groveling and sensual.”


In literature:

Faithless to women, faithless to men, a coward, a liar, a mean and grovelling cheat, George IV.
"Side Lights" by James Runciman
The highest advice I have heard on these subjects was grovelling.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 72, October, 1863" by Various
She was in her proper person all that he coveted and groveled to.
"Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man" by Marie Conway Oemler
It was too grovelling a pursuit, too mean a vocation, to make and to hoard money.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
What grovellers architects are!
"His Masterpiece" by Emile Zola
Then Gilbert grovelled in the rushes, and told us all he knew.
"Puck of Pook's Hill" by Rudyard Kipling
After the perplexing, and often low, grovelling duties of my profession, it was like sitting at the gate of heaven.
"Atlantic Monthly,Volume 14, No. 82, August, 1864" by Various
She dragged herself up at once, but remembered and fell grovelling on the floor and wept.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
If you choose to grovel at the feet of those about you, you must expect to get stepped on and run over.
"Crayon and Character: Truth Made Clear Through Eye and Ear" by B.J. Griswold
Rob us of our sense of individual life, with its gains and losses, its duties and joys, and we grovel.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
Or I'll confine thee deep in the red sea, groveling on the sands, Ten thousand billows rolling o'er thy head.
"The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18)" by John Dryden
I have to remain erect, handing tea and bread-and-butter, while I mentally grovel.
"The Upas Tree" by Florence L. Barclay
But then one groveling thought strait pulls me down, And throws me at a distance from The Crown.
"Anti-Achitophel (1682)" by Elkanah Settle et al.
Do not condescend to the grovelling wishes and vulgar errors of ordinary mortals.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
He grovelled before her, his head almost in the dust.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
The doctrine it seems is at once too elevated and too grovelling.
"Prose Masterpieces from Modern Essayists" by James Anthony Froude, Edward A. Freeman, William Ewart Gladstone, John Henry Newman and Leslie Stephen
A smile as cruel as his mouth crept into his eyes as he noted her grovelling, as he watched the anguish in her face.
"The Mark of the Beast" by Sidney Watson
The white man had fallen prone and was grovelling weakly.
"The Spinner's Book of Fiction" by Various
My clients came to me, singly and in pairs, to grovel and to implore.
"The Plum Tree" by David Graham Phillips
But they like grovelling, these six-foot, stolid men.
"The London Venture" by Michael Arlen

In poetry:

"Knotted vein, and surging breast:
"Mark the wild, insensate, mirth:
"God-ward boast--the driv'ling jest,
"Till he grovel to the earth.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
'The earth,' they murmur, 'is the tomb
That vainly sought his life to prison;
Why grovel longer in the gloom?
He is not here; he hath arisen.'
"The Miner" by James Russell Lowell
Look on us, Lord, and take our parts
E'en on Thy throne of purity!
From these our proud yet grovelling hearts
Hide not Thy mild forgiving eye.
"The Epiphany" by John Keble
WEARY of vainly seeking Happiness
In city alleys full of sound and strife,
I hastened from the noisy human press,--
The labyrinth of this dark, grovelling life.
"Happiness" by Arshag Tchobanian
I struck him, he grovelled of course—-
For, what was his force?
I pinned him to earth with my weight
And persistence of hate:
And he lay, would not moan, would not curse,
As his lot might be worse.
"Instans Tyrannus" by Robert Browning
Could she make this gesture fine
To the pit where labour grovels,
Mother hearts would cease to pine,
Weary men would wave their shovels.
All would cry with hope serene:
'Little children, bless the Queen!'
"The Palace" by Robert W Service

In news:

To keep your momentum through the rest of summer, we consulted with Florida's Evan Geiselman—an expert on making the meager look meaty—on the finer points of groveling .
Neil Grovel 's Farewell Show Finally, Ripped From The Womb of KFJC 89.7FM.
Newlywed Justin Timberlake has issued a groveling apology over a highly insensitive wedding video that mocked homeless people, is reporting.
If there is ever a good time for one to grovel before his audience, this is it.
With desserts being a sin, there are some who want to grovel in their decadence, abasing themselves with dense three-chocolate cakes globbed over in chocolate sauce and canned whipped cream.
With desserts being a sin, there are some who want to grovel in their decadence, abasing themselves with dense three-chocolate cakes globbed over in chocolate sauce and canned whipped cream .
Oscar groveling is ' disgusting '.
Everyone from elected and appointed officials to public safety folks to insurance agents pointed to the dunes this week in appreciation, and we prefer not to ever grovel over anything, but the dunes deserve a standing ovation.
A day after a video emerged of "Two and a Half Men" star Angus T Jones calling the show " filth ", the actor has issued a grovelling apology to the cast and crew.
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith made a groveling apology to viewers after a production error allowed a man's shocking suicide to be shown on live television.
Earl Leonard Smith passed away Monday, Dec 3rd, 2012, at Integris Grovel Hospital in Grove, Okla. Earl was born on Jan 16th, 1924, in Stella, Mo.
But now, he is the one doing the groveling - by publicly begging with his mother-in-law Greta Hutcheson for forgiveness, can reveal.
The Art of the Public Grovel: Sexual Sin and Public Confession in America, by Susan Wise Bauer.
He said, his glasses got knocked off and he had to grovel around on the floor getting stepped & pogo-ed on to retrieve them.
Watching her husband grovel before and flatter his boss, a woman wonders what happened to the man she married.