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Word: menial

Definition: suitable for servants; lowly; mean; N: someone who does menial work (esp. servant in a house)


Sentences Containing 'menial'

A convenient apartment was provided for her at court: she had a sort of governess appointed to take care of her education, a maid to dress her, and two other servants for menial offices; but the care of me was wholly appropriated to herself.
A man grows rich by employing a multitude of manufacturers; he grows poor by maintaining a multitude or menial servants.
A man of fortune, for example, may either spend his revenue in a profuse and sumptuous table, and in maintaining a great number of menial servants, and a multitude of dogs and horses; or, contenting himself with a frugal table, and few attendants, he may lay out the greater part of it in adorning his house or his country villa, in useful or ornamental buildings, in useful or ornamental furniture, in collecting books, statues, pictures; or in things more frivolous, jewels, baubles, ingenious trinkets of different kinds; or, what is most trifling of all, in amassing a great wardrobe of fine clothes, like the favourite and minister of a great prince who died a few years ago.
After his trial, he returned to petty crimes and menial labour.
After working a series of menial jobs as he moved across the country, he saved enough money to purchase a potato farm in Arlington, Washington, close to Seattle.
Again, if your maid shall maintain one, two, or more persons from your table, whether they are her poor relations, countryfolk, servants out of place, shoe-cleaners, charwomen, porters, or any other of her menial servants, who do her ladyship's drudgery and go of her errands, you must not complain at your expense, or ask what has become of such a thing, or such a thing; although it might never so reasonably be supposed that it was altogether impossible to have so much expended in your family; but hold your tongue for peace sake, or madam will say, You grudge her victuals; and expose you to the last degree all over the neighbourhood.
But if the ten pounds worth of corn and other necessaries which were consumed by the artificer, had been consumed by a soldier, or by a menial servant, the value of that part of the annual produce which existed at the end of the six months, would have been ten pounds less than it actually is in consequence of the labour of the artificer.
Even though he started off performing menial tasks, his hard-working and humble nature earned him Yew's trust, who gradually handed him more important responsibilities.
Following several menial jobs Poole landed at WSWN in 1947 and over the next five decades served loyally in various roles, most notably air personality and account executive.
From his complete inattention to the tidings, you would think that moody Ahab had not heard his menial.
Gamucha is also worn as knee long loin cloths by people of the poorer sections of society, especially menial labourers and farm workers.They are also used as a headscarf, similar to the Middle Eastern Keffiyeh in rural areas.
He passed through a series of menial jobs and played guitar and bass in various rock bands, as well as in the short lived funk band Freak Party, with his school friend Johnny Marr.
He worked at a succession of menial jobs, but collected welfare for long stretches.
However, the employees posted to GA-2 exhibit no intention to quit, to the chagrin of the Personnel Section Chief and his assistant , since the people at Shomuni are happy their menial jobs give them more than enough time to pursue their other interests during office hours.
In a country where the surplus produce of a large estate must be consumed upon the estate itself, it will frequently be more convenient for the proprietor, that part of it be consumed at a distance from his own house, provided they who consume it are as dependent upon him as either his retainers or his menial servants.
In the Netherlands, he worked a series of menial jobs including construction, before deciding to return to Belgrade after only 4 months abroad.
It is upon this account that, in the chapter in which I treat of productive and unproductive labour, I have classed artificers, manufacturers, and merchants among the productive labourers, and menial servants among the barren or unproductive.
Jobs include replacing used toilet rolls, changing light bulbs, organizing company outings, and other menial tasks.
Most of the provinces created by Diocletian by splitting the larger older ones were entrusted to such "praesides", and they form the most numerous group of governors in the late-4th century "Notitia Dignitatum": In the East, the staff ("officium") of the "praeses" (attested for Thebais) comprised the same as that of a "consularis", i.e. a "princeps officii", "cornicularius", "commentariensis", "adiutor", "numerarius", "ab actis", "a libellis", "subadiuva"; finally unspecified "exceptores" and "cohortalini" (menial staff).
Philo of Alexandria reported that there were no slaves amongst the Essenes, 'but all being free perform menial services for each other' (That every Good Man is Free, ยง79).
Secondly, a great part of the revenue, arising from both the rent of land and the profits of stock, is annually distributed among the same rank, in the wages and maintenance of menial servants, and other unproductive labourers.
That portion of his revenue which a rich man annually spends, is, in most cases, consumed by idle guests and menial servants, who leave nothing behind them in return for their consumption.
The church often paid indigent members of the community small sums of money to do menial tasks.
The labour of a menial servant, on the contrary, adds to the value of nothing.
The labour of menial servants does not continue the existence of the fund which maintains and employs them.
The labour of the menial servant, on the contrary, does not fix or realize itself in any particular subject or vendible commodity.
They are dressed by men till four years of age, and then are obliged to dress themselves, although their quality be ever so great; and the women attendant, who are aged proportionably to ours at fifty, perform only the most menial offices.
They are only servants who work without doors, as menial servants work within.
Though the produce of his estate may be sufficient to maintain, and may, perhaps, actually maintain, more than a thousand people, yet, as those people pay for every thing which they get from him, as he gives scarce any thing to any body but in exchange for an equivalent, there is scarce anybody who considers himself as entirely dependent upon him, and his authority extends only over a few menial servants.
Thus, not only the great landlord or the rich merchant, but even the common workman, if his wages are considerable, may maintain a menial servant; or he may sometimes go to a play or a puppet-show, and so contribute his share towards maintaining one set of unproductive labourers; or he may pay some taxes, and thus help to maintain another set, more honourable and useful, indeed, but equally unproductive.
Today he still resides in Charlotte, working various menial jobs.
Umasi pays Tack to do menial chores like sorting through salt and pepper, and trains him in several fighting ways.
When the United States entered World War II, Ulysses joined the army but found himself in a segregated military, in which all Black soldiers were put to work in menial units: burying bodies, supply delivery, or kitchen work.
While many priests did a variety of menial tasks, the clergy also contained several ritual specialists.

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