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obsequious

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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] obsequiōsus, from obsequium (compliance) < ob "after" + sequi "follow" (see sequel).

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obsequious (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

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obsequious

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  1. (archaic) Obedient, compliant with someone else's orders or wishes.
  2. Excessively eager to please or to obey all instructions; fawning, subservient.
    • 1927Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, p. 20
      Translation falls especially short of this conceit which carries the whole flamboyance of the Spanish language. It was intended as an obsequious flattery of the Condesa, and was untrue.

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