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[ob-si-kwee] /ˈɒb sɪ kwi/
noun, plural obsequies. Usually, obsequies
a funeral rite or ceremony.
Origin of obsequy
1350-1400; Middle English obseque < Middle French < Late Latin obsequiae, alteration (by confusion with exsequiae funeral rites) of obsequia, plural of Latin obsequium; see obsequious
Can be confused
obsequies, obsequious. Unabridged
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  • He too might well have been disappointed that his obsequies were not grander.
  • The people, counted by tens of thousands, thronged the streets while his obsequies proceeded.
British Dictionary definitions for obsequies


plural noun (sing) -quy
funeral rites
Derived Forms
obsequial (ɒbˈsiːkwɪəl) adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Anglo-Norman from Medieval Latin obsequiae (influenced by Latin exsequiae), from obsequium compliance
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Word Origin and History for obsequies

"funeral rites," plural of obsequy.



late 14c., from Old French obseque, osseque "funeral rites," from Medieval Latin obsequiae, influenced in sense by confusion of Latin obsequium "compliance" (see obsequious) with exsequiae "funeral rites." Now usually in plural, obsequies.

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