obsequious

[uhb-see-kwee-uhs]
adjective
1.
characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning: an obsequious bow.
2.
servilely compliant or deferential: obsequious servants.
3.
obedient; dutiful.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin obsequiōsus, equivalent to obsequi(um) compliance (obsequ(ī) to comply with (ob- ob- + sequī to follow) + -ium -ium) + -ōsus -ous

obsequiously, adverb
obsequiousness, noun
overobsequious, adjective
overobsequiously, adverb
overobsequiousness, noun
unobsequious, adjective
unobsequiously, adverb
unobsequiousness, noun

obsequies, obsequious.


1. sycophantic, flattering. 2. cringing, submissive. See servile.
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obsequious (əbˈsiːkwɪəs)
 
adj
1.  obedient or attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
2.  rare submissive or compliant
 
[C15: from Latin obsequiōsus compliant, from obsequium compliance, from obsequi to follow, from ob- to + sequi to follow]
 
ob'sequiously
 
adv
 
ob'sequiousness
 
n

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obsequious
mid-15c., "prompt to serve," from L. obsequiosus "compliant, obedient," from obsequium "compliance, dutiful service," from obsequi "to accommodate oneself to the will of another," from ob "after" + sequi "follow" (see sequel). Pejorative sense of "fawning, sycophantic" had
emerged by 1590s. Related: Obsequiously.
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Example sentences
His wealth nevertheless turns the townspeople into groveling, obsequious
  sycophants.
People are by turns obsequious, angry, and disingenuous.
The staff is charming and superb, being attentive without being obsequious.
One minute he is noisy and arrogant, the next he is obsequious and sly.
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