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ob·se·qui·ous

 (ŏb-sē′kwē-əs, əb-)
adj.
Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

[Middle English, from Latin obsequiōsus, from obsequium, compliance, from obsequī, to comply : ob-, to; see ob- + sequī, to follow; see sekw- in Indo-European roots.]

ob·se′qui·ous·ly adv.
ob·se′qui·ous·ness n.

obsequious

(əbˈsiːkwɪəs)
adj
1. obedient or attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
2. rare submissive or compliant
[C15: from Latin obsequiōsus compliant, from obsequium compliance, from obsequi to follow, from ob- to + sequi to follow]
obˈsequiously adv
obˈsequiousness n

ob•se•qui•ous

(əbˈsi kwi əs)

adj.
characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning; sycophantic: an obsequious bow; obsequious servants.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin obsequiōsus, derivative of obsequium compliance (obsequī to comply with =ob- ob- + sequī to follow)]
ob•se′qui•ous•ly, adv.
ob•se′qui•ous•ness, n.
syn: See servile.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.obsequious - attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
insincere - lacking sincerity; "a charming but thoroughly insincere woman"; "their praise was extravagant and insincere"
2.obsequious - attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner; "obsequious shop assistants"
servile - submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior; "spoke in a servile tone"; "the incurably servile housekeeper"; "servile tasks such as floor scrubbing and barn work"

obsequious

adjective servile, flattering, cringing, fawning, abject, submissive, grovelling, menial, subservient, ingratiating, deferential, sycophantic, slavish, unctuous, smarmy (Brit. informal), mealy-mouthed, toadying, bootlicking (informal), toadyish She is positively obsequious to anyone with a title.

obsequious

adjective
Excessively eager to serve or obey:
Translations
مُتَذَلِّل، مُتَزَلِّف
podlézavý
sleskunderdanigservil
auîmjúkur, fleîulegur
pataikaujamaiperdėtas nuolankumaspernelyg nuolankiaipernelyg nuolankus

obsequious

[əbˈsiːkwɪəs] ADJservil, sumiso

obsequious

[əbˈsiːkwiəs] adjobséquieux/euse

obsequious

adjunterwürfig, servil (geh)(to(wards) gegen, gegenüber)

obsequious

[əbˈsiːkwɪəs] adj (pej) → ossequioso/a

obsequious

(əbˈsiːkwiəs) adjective
too humble or too ready to agree with someone. He bowed in an obsequious manner.
obˈsequiously adverb
obˈsequiousness noun
References in classic literature ?
Unlike the Danes, these Orientals do not demand the obsequious homage of lowered top-sails from the endless procession of ships before the wind, which for centuries past, by night and by day, have passed between the islands of Sumatra and Java, freighted with the costliest cargoes of the east.
The landlord was all obsequious, and a relay of about seven negroes, old and young, male and female, little and big, were soon whizzing about, like a covey of partridges, bustling, hurrying, treading on each other's toes, and tumbling over each other, in their zeal to get Mas'r's room ready, while he seated himself easily on a chair in the middle of the room, and entered into conversation with the man who sat next to him.
They were obsequious and servile and did not presume to talk to their masters as if they were their equals.
Standing at this table, I became conscious of the servile Pumblechook in a black cloak and several yards of hatband, who was alternately stuffing himself, and making obsequious movements to catch my attention.
Before him Power Divine his way prepar'd; At his command the uprooted Hills retir'd Each to his place, they heard his voice and went Obsequious, Heav'n his wonted face renewd, And with fresh Flourets Hill and Valley smil'd.
And there was Silver, sitting back almost out of the firelight, but eating heartily, prompt to spring forward when anything was wanted, even joining quietly in our laughter--the same bland, polite, obsequious seaman of the voyage out.
But a wise prince would rather choose to employ those who practise the last of these methods; because such zealots prove always the most obsequious and subservient to the will and passions of their master.
The elaborate character of the frame had made the picture extremely bulky, and now and then, in spite of the obsequious protests of Mr.
Their numbers were small; their stations in life obscure; the object of their enterprise unostentatious; the theatre of their exploits remote; how could they possibly be favorites of worldly Fame--that common crier, whose existence is only known by the assemblage of multitudes; that pander of wealth and greatness, so eager to haunt the palaces of fortune, and so fastidious to the houseless dignity of virtue; that parasite of pride, ever scornful to meekness, and ever obsequious to insolent power; that heedless trumpeter, whose ears are deaf to modest merit, and whose eyes are blind to bloodless, distant excellence?
History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants.
Thus, each of the principal branches of the federal government will owe its existence more or less to the favor of the State governments, and must consequently feel a dependence, which is much more likely to beget a disposition too obsequious than too overbearing towards them.
I attended to all the ghastly formalities, and the urbane undertaker proved that his staff was afflicted, or blessed, with something of his own obsequious suavity.