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ob·se·quy

 (ŏb′sĭ-kwē)
n. pl. ob·se·quies
often obsequies A funeral rite or ceremony.

[Middle English obsequi, from Old French obseque, from Medieval Latin obsequiae, alteration (influenced by Latin exsequiae, funeral rites) of Latin obsequia, pl. of obsequium, compliance, dutiful service; see obsequious.]

obsequies

(ˈɒbsɪkwɪz)
pl n, sing -quy
funeral rites
[C14: via Anglo-Norman from Medieval Latin obsequiae (influenced by Latin exsequiae), from obsequium compliance]
obsequial adj

obsequies

a funeral or funeral ceremony. Sometimes obsequy.
See also: Burial
Translations

obsequies

[ˈɒbsɪkwɪz] NPL (frm) → exequias fpl

obsequies

pl (form)Beerdigungsfeier f, → Leichenbegängnis nt (liter)
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I say orgies, not because it's the common term, because it ain't -- obsequies bein' the common term -- but because orgies is the right term.
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It was only now and then that the sword descended and a head fell; but if you fell you were sure of impressive obsequies and of a roomy, generous grave.
In this stage of the obsequies, a warrior much renowned for deed in arms, and more especially for services in the recent combat, a man of stern and grave demeanor, advanced slowly from the crowd, and placed himself nigh the person of the dead.
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Let the three-headed guardian of the gate, And all the monstrous progeny of hell, The doleful concert join: a lover dead Methinks can have no fitter obsequies.
Meeting with Hodgkiss Misfortunes of the Nez Perces Schemes of Kosato, the renegado His foray into the Horse Prairie- Invasion of Black feet Blue John and his forlorn hope Their generous enterprise-Their fate-Consternation and despair of the village- Solemn obsequies -Attempt at Indian trade -Hudson's Bay Company's monopoly-Arrangements for autumn- Breaking up of an encampment.
Had she been really a queen the public could not have thronged more eagerly to the spectacle; and after the lying in state there was a funeral of as much ceremony as has been observed at the obsequies of many a queen.
A huge black banner, which floated from the top of the tower, announced that the obsequies of the late owner were still in the act of being solemnized.
Even with the most selfish disposition, the Vanity Fairian, as he witnesses this sordid part of the obsequies of a departed friend, can't but feel some sympathies and regret.
Reuben, therefore, felt the full importance of the promise which he most solemnly made to return and perform Roger Malvin's obsequies.
The piece of roast beef, laid out in the likeness of funereal baked meats for Stevie's obsequies, offered itself largely to his notice.