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Part of Speech
- Marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness.
- Characterized by or showing servile obedience and excessive eagerness to please.
- Deferential; obedient; dutiful.
The first known use of this word was in 1602, as meaning fawning attentiveness. This word comes from the Latin obsequiosus; from obsequium, or compliance; from obsequi to comply; from ob- toward + sequi to follow.~obsequious
Usage and Examples
Here are a couple of examples:
- Jack Duncan wasn’t so much obsequious as deferent, an unusual trait in a politician of his repute.
- The Talbot regime developed a sort of elaborate daily court ceremony, and obsequious flattery became the norm.