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obsequy

[ob-si-kwee] /ˈɒb sɪ kwi/
noun, plural obsequies. Usually, obsequies
1.
a funeral rite or ceremony.
Origin of obsequy
1350-1400
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.
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Word Origin and History for obsequy
n.

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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