But there was more to this obsequiousness than the weakness of one officer.
In general, however, the Indian policy of the French cannot be charged with obsequiousness.
All the women, with various degrees of obsequiousness, begged her to do it.
Steele stood watching St. John bow himself out, all the bravado turned to obsequiousness.
He presented it to his employer with a certain duplication of a butler's obsequiousness.
Harland was annoyed at this obsequiousness which he had never received.
She was fairly desperate; all her obsequiousness had disappeared.
The obsequiousness of Coke to his Royal mistress was in perfect keeping with his character.
Evermore is parade and obsequiousness suspectable: it must show either a foolish head, or a knavish heart.
The landlord was now all obsequiousness, and told the beggar he could command the best in the house.
late 15c., "prompt to serve," from Middle French obséquieux (15c.), from Latin obsequiosus "compliant, obedient," from obsequium "compliance, dutiful service," from obsequi "to accommodate oneself to the will of another," from ob "after" (see ob-) + sequi "to follow" (see sequel). Pejorative sense of "fawning, sycophantic" had emerged by 1590s. Related: Obsequiously; obsequiousness (mid-15c.).