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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).
- (archaic) Obedient; compliant with someone else's orders or wishes.
- Excessively eager and attentive to please or to obey 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.
- 1930, Norman Lindsay, Redheap, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1965, page 118:
- [S]he complained pettishly of the heat and the flies and at length of the walk, and reduced Robert to the antics of an obsequious dog.
- (obsolete) Of or pertaining to obsequies, funereal.
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act 1, scene 2]:
- […] the survivor bound
In filial obligation for some term
To do obsequious sorrow […]
- c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act 1, scene 2]:
- Whilst I awhile obsequiously lament
Th’ untimely fall of virtuous Lancaster.
- (obedient): See also Thesaurus:obedient
- (fawning or subservient): fawning, ingratiating, servile, slavish, sycophantic, truckling, smarmy, asskissing ; see also Thesaurus:sycophantic
obedient, compliant with someone else's orders