obsequious
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) IPA: /əbˈsiːkwi.əs/
Adjective

obsequious

  1. (archaic) Obedient; compliant with someone else's orders or wishes.
  2. Excessively eager and attentive to please or to obey instructions; fawning, subservient, servile.
    • 1927, Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, p. 20
      Translation falls especially short of this conceit which carries the whole flamboyance of the Spanish language. It was intended as an obsequious flattery of the Condesa, and was untrue.
  3. (obsolete) Of or pertaining to obsequies, funereal.
    • Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Scene 2
      […] the survivor bound
      In filial obligation for some term
      To do obsequious sorrow […]
    • Shakespeare, Richard III, Act I, Scene 2
      Whilst I awhile obsequiously lament
      Th’ untimely fall of virtuous Lancaster.
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