- characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning: an obsequious bow.
- servilely compliant or deferential: obsequious servants.
- obedient; dutiful.
Origin of obsequious
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Examples from the Web for obsequiousness
But there was more to this obsequiousness than the weakness of one officer.A New Culprit in Srebrenica’s Massacre
Nadette De Visser
July 13, 2011
Voltaire is a monkey in mischief, and a spaniel in obsequiousness.Imaginary Conversations and Poems
Walter Savage Landor
If so, it would account for the obsequiousness of his host, though not satisfactorily.The Wild Huntress
They saluted us with an obsequiousness most unusual in free Switzerland.Wagner at Home
Harland was annoyed at this obsequiousness which he had never received.A Republic Without a President and Other Stories
All the women, with various degrees of obsequiousness, begged her to do it.Comrade Yetta
- obedient or attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
- rare submissive or compliant
Word Origin and History for obsequiousness
late 15c., "prompt to serve," from Middle French obséquieux (15c.), from Latin obsequiosus "compliant, obedient," from obsequium "compliance, dutiful service," from obsequi "to accommodate oneself to the will of another," from ob "after" (see ob-) + sequi "to follow" (see sequel). Pejorative sense of "fawning, sycophantic" had emerged by 1590s. Related: Obsequiously; obsequiousness (mid-15c.).