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obsequious


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Obsequious  \Ob*se"qui*ous\,  a.  [L.  obsequiosus,  fr  obsequium 
  compliance,  fr  obsequi,  fr  obsequi:  cf  F.  obs['e]quieux, 
  See  {Obsequent},  and  cf  {Obsequy}.] 
  1.  Promptly  obedient,  or  submissive,  to  the  will  of  another; 
  compliant;  yielding  to  the  desires  of  another;  devoted. 
  [Obs.] 
 
  His  servants  weeping,  Obsequious  to  his  orders  bear 
  him  hither.  --Addison. 
 
  2.  Servilely  or  meanly  attentive;  compliant  to  excess; 
  cringing;  fawning;  as  obsequious  flatterer,  parasite. 
 
  There  lies  ever  in  ``obsequious''  at  the  present  the 
  sense  of  an  observance  which  is  overdone,  of  an 
  unmanly  readiness  to  fall  in  with  the  will  of 
  another.  --Trench. 
 
  3.  [See  {Obsequy}.]  Of  or  pertaining  to  obsequies;  funereal. 
  [R.]  ``To  do  obsequious  sorrow.''  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  Compliant;  obedient;  servile.  See  {Yielding}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  obsequious 
  adj  1:  attempting  to  win  favor  from  influential  people  by  flattery 
  [syn:  {bootlicking},  {fawning},  {sycophantic},  {toadyish}] 
  2:  attentive  in  an  ingratiating  or  servile  manner;  "obsequious 
  shop  assistants" 




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