What does the word grovel mean?

Usage examples for grovel

  1. I want the whole world to know how they've wronged you; I want you to be famous and powerful and splendid, and I want the people who've abused you to come and smirk and grovel to you, and say that they knew all the time that you were innocent. – A Rogue by Compulsion by Victor Bridges
  2. That mythological conqueror and demigod had sunk into an unhonoured grave, despite the loud hosannaha sung to him on his arrival in Belgica, and the same nobles, pedants, and burghers were now ready and happy to grovel at the feet of Albert. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  3. He did not exactly grovel on the floor, when Sweater spoke to him, but he contrived to convey the impression that he was willing to do so if desired. – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
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