from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A funeral rite or ceremony. Often used in the plural.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The last office for the dead
- n. A funeral rite or service.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The last duty or service to a person, rendered after his death; hence, a rite or ceremony pertaining to burial; -- now used only in the plural.
- n. Obsequiousness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Ready compliance; deferential service; obsequiousness.
- n. A funeral rite or ceremony.
Man's introduction could be understood as the uncomfortable relation between obsequiousness and obsequy, that is, between the awkward coincidence of following one's teachers and issuing their burial rites. close window
Elizabeth's address is a kind of obsequy over, or elegy for, realism.
Few doubted the meaning of his plaintive beat, and most even then divined that that solitary, forlorn figure of a drummer was tapping out an obsequy for British colonial power over the thirteen states.
The second day after his obsequy was done reverently, and on his body laid
The next stanza speaks of "Dye Apguylamys," who is told to prepare the obsequy for Love, and of "Lady Apylton," who had offered a "mass-penny," and the epitaph ends with these stanzas:
Timber City was goin 'to be the very last doggone drink I was ever goin' to get, I'd kind of strung it along a little -- sort of sipped it slow an 'solemn as become an obsequy.
The second day after his obsequy was done reverently, and on his body laid a tomb of stone and his banner hanging over him.
The Battle of Otterburn. How the Scots Departed and Carried with Them the Earl Douglas Dead, and Buried Him in the Abbey of Melrose; and How Sir Archambault Douglas and His Company Departed from before Carlisle and Returned into Scotland
The baylan gave a talk or a prolix prayer, and finished by saying: "May the dead receive that obsequy, by giving good fortune to the living."
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 — Volume 21 of 55 1624 Explorations by early navigators, descriptions of the islands and their peoples, their history and records of the catholic missions, as related in contemporaneous books and manuscripts, showing the political, economic, commercial and religious conditions of those islands from their earliest relations with European nations to the close of the nineteenth century.
And "You knew Mr. Bowen was no longer living?" she said, with fit obsequy of tone.
Wherever a red coat appeared it had its honorable obsequy in the popular interest, and if I might venture to sum up my impression of what I saw of soldiering in London I should say that it keeps its romance for the spectator far more than soldiering does in the Continental capitals, where it seems a slavery consciously sad and clearly discerned.
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