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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There's nothing newsworthy in printing a statistic and the obsequiously aped concern of a politician.
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