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1. menial

adjective. ['ˈmiːniːəl'] used of unskilled work (especially domestic work).

Synonyms

  • unskilled
  • lowly

Antonyms

  • proud
  • immodest
  • conceit

Etymology

  • meinial (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • meignial (Anglo-Norman)

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Example sentences of the word menial


1. Adjective
While these tasks might seem menial, they eat up time just as much as the larger tasks.

Quotes containing the word menial


1. Though my work may be menial, though my contribution may be small, I can perform it with dignity and offer it with unselfishness. My talents may not be great, but I can use them to bless the lives of others.... The goodness of the world in which we live is the accumulated goodness of many small and seemingly inconsequential acts.
- Gordon B. Hinckley

2. I bargained with Life for a penny,And Life would pay no more, However I begged at eveningWhen I counted my scanty store;For Life is just an employer,He gives you what you ask,But once you have set the wages,Why, you must bear the task.I worked for a menial's hire,Only to learn, dismayed,That any wage I had asked of Life,Life would have paid.
- Jessie B. Rittenhouse

3. The author meets an African-American who observes that his fellows who begin with aspirations to a good education, solid career, and the raising of a family slowly lose that incentive. Even those who have a college education, he observes, need to take menial jobs and begin to look for excitement in less productive places.
- John Howard Griffin, Black Like Me

2. menial

noun. ['ˈmiːniːəl'] a domestic servant.

Synonyms

  • servant

Antonyms

  • noble
  • competent

Etymology

  • meinial (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • meignial (Anglo-Norman)
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