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 for menial
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Menial \Men"ial\, n.
     1. A domestic servant or retainer, esp. one of humble rank;
        one employed in low or servile offices.
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     2. A person of a servile character or disposition.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Menial \Men"ial\, a. [OE. meneal, fr. meine, maine, household,
     OF. maisni['e]e, maisnie, LL. mansionaticum. See Mansion,
     and cf. Meine, n., Meiny.]
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     1. Belonging to a retinue or train of servants; performing
        servile office; serving.
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              Two menial dogs before their master pressed.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     2. Pertaining to servants, esp. domestic servants; servile;
        low; mean; as, menial tasks. " Menial offices." --Swift.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  menial
      adj 1: used of unskilled work (especially domestic work) [syn:
             humble, menial, lowly]
      n 1: a domestic servant

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  91 Moby Thesaurus words for "menial":
     attendant, attending, base, blue-collar worker, bootlicker,
     breadwinner, brown-nosing, casual, casual laborer, common laborer,
     cringing, day laborer, degrading, demeaning, domestic,
     domestic servant, drudge, employee, factory worker, fag, fawning,
     flattering, flunky, free lance, free-lancer, full-time worker,
     gofer, hand, help, helping, humble, ignoble, industrial worker,
     jobber, jobholder, laborer, laboring man, lackey, leech,
     lickspittle, low, lowly, mean, migrant, minion, ministering,
     moiler, navvy, obeisant, obsequious, office temporary, parasite,
     proletarian, roustabout, routine, salaried worker, scullion,
     self-employed person, serf, servant, servile, serving, servitor,
     servitorial, slave, slavey, slavish, stiff, submissive,
     subservient, sycophant, sycophantic, temporary, toady, toadying,
     toiler, turnspit, underling, unskilled, wage earner, wage slave,
     wageworker, waiting, worker, workgirl, workhand, working girl,
     workingman, workingwoman, workman, yes-man
  
  

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