menial


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MENIAL. This term is applied to servants who live under their master's roof Vide stat. 2 H. IV., c. 21.

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On the contrary, they would despise their husbands could they stoop to any menial office, and would think it conveyed an imputation upon their own conduct.
On top of all that, you want me to do menial work" - Harvey was very proud of that adjective - "till the Fall.
I was carried through the streets with the rapidity of lightning,' said she, 'and taken into a soldier's room, and I had to wait upon him like a servant, sweep his room, clean his boots, and do all kinds of menial work.
He asked himself who Keggs was, anyway; and replied defiantly that Keggs was a Menial--and an overfed Menial.
then my action would depend upon the menial who answered my reckless ring.
Once again came the ape-man, and this time there came with him fifty fighting men, turning porters for love of the only creature in the world who might command of their fierce and haughty natures such menial service.
He, being a Prussian and a gentleman, couldn't stoop to such menial labor in the presence of his men, and I didn't see fit to ask it of him, as the work was purely voluntary upon our part.
His position in Lady Lydiard's household was in no sense of the menial sort.
She has been doubly insulted-- first, by a menial person in her employment; secondly, by her husband.
I didn't see how sweeping and scrubbing a building was any preparation for the trade of electrician; but I did know that in the books all the boys started with the most menial tasks and by making good ultimately won to the ownership of the whole concern.
In the privacy of the colonel's quarters I had become accustomed to my menial duties, lightened as they were by the natural kindliness of my master, but the thought of appearing in public as a common slave revolted every fine instinct within me.
At the bottom of the scale were the boy-apprentices who were employed, as Shakspere is said to have been at first, in miscellaneous menial capacities.