obsequious

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin obsequiōsus (complaisant, obsequious), from obsequium (compliance), from obsequor (comply with, yield to), from ob (in the direction of, towards) + sequor (follow) (see sequel).

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obsequious (comparative more obsequious, superlative most obsequious)

  1. (archaic) Obedient, compliant with someone else's orders or wishes.
  2. Excessively eager and attentive to please or to obey all instructions; fawning, subservient, servile.
    • 1927, Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, p. 20
      Translation falls especially short of this conceit which carries the whole flamboyance of the Spanish language. It was intended as an obsequious flattery of the Condesa, and was untrue.
  3. (obsolete) Of or pertaining to obsequies, funereal.

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  • In modern usage, not to be confused with obsequies as the “funereal” sense has become obsolete.

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