From Latin obsequiī (“complaisant, yielding”), alteration of obsequia (“compliance”) (by confusion, in association with exsequia (“funeral rites”), from exsequī (“follow or accompany to the grave”)).
obsequy (plural obsequies)
- The last office for the dead
- (chiefly in the plural) A funeral rite or service.
- 1919 — Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page 13
- But, to-day, there were no obsequies to observe at all.
- in modern usage, it is mainly in the plural: "obsequies", and not to be confused with obsequious