obsequies

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See also: obsequiés

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Plural of obsequy; from Middle English obsequias, obsequies, obsequyes, from Latin obsequiae.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈɔbsɪ.kwiːz/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

obsequies pl (plural only)

  1. (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.

Usage notes[edit]

  • the plural only usage is favored by the Oxford Dictionary[1], 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[2][3].
  • in modern usage, not to be confused with obsequious

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

obsequies

  1. plural of obsequy.
  2. plural of obsequie.

References[edit]

  1. ^ obsequies ('obsequy' not listed). Oxford Dictionaries Online, Oxford University Press
  2. ^ obsequy in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  3. ^ obsequy. Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
  • The Pocket Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus. American Edition. Oxford University Press, 1997
  • Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language. Random House, 1996.

Anagrams[edit]


Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

obsequies

  1. second-person singular (tu) present subjunctive of obsequiar
  2. second-person singular (tu, sometimes used with você) negative imperative of obsequiar

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /obˈsekjes/, [oβ̞ˈse.kjes]

Verb[edit]

obsequies

  1. second-person singular present subjunctive of obsequiar