- a funeral rite or ceremony.
Origin of obsequy
Examples from the Web for obsequies
Historical Examples of obsequies
The obsequies of Gian Galeazzo completed, Charles pushed on.The Life of Cesare Borgia
"The obsequies of a pirate are best held in late afternoon," he replied.Mixed Faces
They were ostentatiously solemnizing the obsequies of the departed monarch.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
The obsequies of the departed President were of an imposing kind.Art in England
They were the obsequies of poverty, with which pride had nothing to do.The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
- funeral rites
Word Origin for obsequies
Word Origin and History for obsequies
"funeral rites," plural of obsequy.
late 14c., from Old French obseque, osseque "funeral rites," from Medieval Latin obsequiae, influenced in sense by confusion of Latin obsequium "compliance" (see obsequious) with exsequiae "funeral rites." Now usually in plural, obsequies.