from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The quality or state of being obsequious; ready obedience; prompt compliance with the commands of another; servile submission; officious or superserviceable readiness to serve.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The quality or state of being obsequious.
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- noun The quality of being
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- noun abject or cringing submissiveness
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Here’s how brazen Mr. Rumsfeld was when he invoked Hitler’s appeasers to score his cheap points: Since Hitler was photographed warmly shaking Neville Chamberlain’s hand at Munich in 1938, the only image that comes close to matching it in epochal obsequiousness is the December 1983 photograph of Mr. Rumsfeld himself in Baghdad, warmly shaking the hand of Saddam Hussein in full fascist regalia.
He explains that "it is sometimes difficult for the reader less obsessed with [Hartman's] texts than the author is even to derive a clear sense of what Hartman was talking about," and he proceeds to worry that an essay caught between "obsequiousness" and "assault" against one's teacher "begins to suggest unpleasant things about life in graduate school."
Didas 'instructions were for the time being to insinuate himself by every kind of obsequiousness into Demetrius' confidence and intimacy so as to be able to draw out all his secrets and ascertain his hidden sentiments.
Finally, Noam Chomsky gives his take on Obama's pro-Israel hawk appointments and his unprecedented "obsequiousness" to AIPAC.
Public support can urge Republicans to repel policy and political risks of inaction and obsequiousness to Tea Party agendas.
My approach to the City is not one of hostility, or of obsequiousness.
And—being human—we responded in kind, seeking out dogs for their obsequiousness and unconditional devotion.
He says the last Labour government "made mistakes", but it wasn't mistakes it made by adopting its ideological obsequiousness to big business.
This hagiographical obsequiousness suggests that we are to be conducted through a treasury of sacred relics.
Great player that he is, the obsequiousness towards Tendulkar can grate.