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[ob-si-kwee] /ˈɒb sɪ kwi/
noun, plural obsequies. Usually, obsequies
a funeral rite or ceremony.
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The second day after his obsequy was done reverently, and on his body laid a tomb of stone and his banner hanging over him.
Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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