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Meaning of OBSEQUIOUS

Pronunciation:  ub'seekweeus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner; "obsequious shop assistants"
  2. [adj]  attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
 

OBSEQUIOUS is a 10 letter word that starts with O.

 

 Synonyms: bootlicking, fawning, insincere, servile, sycophantic, toadyish
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ob*se"qui*ous\, a. [L. obsequiosus, fr. obsequium
compliance, fr. obsequi, fr. obsequi: cf. F. obs['e]quieux,
See {Obsequent}, and cf. {Obsequy}.]
1. Promptly obedient, or submissive, to the will of another;
   compliant; yielding to the desires of another; devoted.
   [Obs.]

         His servants weeping, Obsequious to his orders, bear
         him hither.                           --Addison.

2. Servilely or meanly attentive; compliant to excess;
   cringing; fawning; as, obsequious flatterer, parasite.

         There lies ever in ``obsequious'' at the present the
         sense of an observance which is overdone, of an
         unmanly readiness to fall in with the will of
         another.                              --Trench.

3. [See {Obsequy}.] Of or pertaining to obsequies; funereal.
   [R.] ``To do obsequious sorrow.'' --Shak.

Syn: Compliant; obedient; servile. See {Yielding}.

 
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