Wednesday Word for September 23, 2020

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Today’s Word

Part of Speech



  1. Marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness.
  2. Characterized by or showing servile obedience and excessive eagerness to please.
  3. 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.



kowtowing, servile, subservient


defiant, mutinous, rebellious

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.

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