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See also: obsequiés
obsequies pl (plural only)
- (plural only) Funeral rites.
- 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 3, page 163:
- A murmur of astonishment ran through the chapel. It was hushed instantly, for, at a sign from Lord Avonleigh, the coffin was carried into the vault; and again the voice of the priest was the only sound, breathing the last and solemn benediction of the mournful obsequies.
- the plural only usage is favored by the Oxford Dictionary, and thus can be considered to be British, whereas Webster's dictionary, with prevalence of the usage in the plural being noted, gives both singular and plural forms of the word.
- in modern usage, not to be confused with obsequious
- The Pocket Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus. American Edition. Oxford University Press, 1997
- Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language. Random House, 1996.
- second-person singular (tu) present subjunctive of obsequiar
- second-person singular (tu, sometimes used with você) negative imperative of obsequiar