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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.]


(ˈɒb sɪ kwi)

n., pl. -quies.
Usu., obsequies. a funeral rite or ceremony.
[1350–1400; < Middle French < Late Latin obsequiae, alter. (by confusion with exsequiae funeral rites) of obsequia. See obsequious]
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