American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Promptly obedient or submissive to the will of another; ever ready to obey, serve, or assist; compliant; dutiful.
- Hence Servilely complaisant; showing a mean readiness to fall in with the will of another; cringing; fawning; sycophantic.
- Synonyms Servile, slavish, sycophantic. See obedience.
- Funereal; pertaining to funeral rites.
- Absorbed in grief, as a mourner at a funeral.
- adj. archaic Obedient, compliant with someone else's orders or wishes.
- adj. Excessively eager to please or to obey all instructions; fawning, subservient.
- adj. obsolete Of or pertaining to obsequies, funereal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Promptly obedient, or submissive, to the will of another; compliant; yielding to the desires of another; devoted.
- adj. Servilely or meanly attentive; compliant to excess; cringing; fawning.
- adj. rare Of or pertaining to obsequies; funereal.
- adj. attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
- adj. attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
- From Latin obsequiōsus ("complaisant, obsequious"), from obsequium ("compliance"), from obsequor ("comply with, yield to"), from ob ("in the direction of, towards") + sequor ("follow") (see sequel). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin obsequiōsus, from obsequium, compliance, from obsequī, to comply : ob-, to; see ob- + sequī, to follow; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In addition, there's a new book about Shyamalan, The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale and the making of this film, which is apparently an exercise in obsequious flattery.”
“The waiters at the club were all white-jacketed middle-aged black men who could not be called obsequious but belonged culturally to another generation, one that knew how to be selectively deaf and to pretend that the clientele they served held them in high regard.”
“I dare say you know two types of natives, which may be called the obsequious and the sullen?”
“I try to tread a not-middle line between following the pure dictates of cold logic which would involve going to the gym as well as not being in any political party and the kind of obsequious loyalty and jam-tomorrow logic you see in members of the other two parties.”
“That kind of obsequious attitude plus Gordon Brown's 'light touch regulation' were taken by the 'spiv' element in the City as the signal that anything goes.”
“I am impressed, you appear to have used the word "obsequious" properly even if what you were saying was false.”
“After the kind of obsequious, sycophantic verbal fellatio that has been given some of the other candidates, who have said far stupider things, it would be more helpful to wipe the slate clean and just have a new set of interviewers, if we want to seriously rate political candidates.”
“Among others we find a contemporary Tiziano Vecelli, who is a lawyer of note concerned in the administration of Cadore, keeping up a kind of obsequious friendship with his famous cousin at Venice.”
“OK: we're all familiar at this point with the sickeningly prissy, obsequious, condescending tone of the now-infamous column by the Toronto Star's "public editor," Kathy English.”
“The more I thought about my upsell experience and those of my friends, the more anachronistic such tactics seemed — a throwback to the bad old days when sommeliers regularly terrified obsequious diners, taking advantage of their ignorance and fear.”
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