obsequy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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)).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

obsequy (plural obsequies)

  1. The last office for the dead.
  2. (chiefly in the plural) A funeral rite or service.

Usage notes[edit]

In modern usage, the word is used mainly in the plural – obsequies – which should not to be confused with obsequious.

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