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noun, plural ob·se·quies. Usually obsequies.
  1. a funeral rite or ceremony.
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Origin of obsequy

1350–1400; Middle English obseque < Middle French < Late Latin obsequiae, alteration (by confusion with exsequiae funeral rites) of obsequia, plural of Latin obsequium; see obsequious
Can be confusedobsequies obsequious
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Related Words for obsequies

ceremony, funeral, service

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Historical Examples of obsequies

  • The obsequies of Gian Galeazzo completed, Charles pushed on.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

    Raphael Sabatini

  • "The obsequies of a pirate are best held in late afternoon," he replied.

    Mixed Faces

    Roy Norton

  • They were ostentatiously solemnizing the obsequies of the departed monarch.

  • The obsequies of the departed President were of an imposing kind.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

  • They were the obsequies of poverty, with which pride had nothing to do.

British Dictionary definitions for obsequies


pl n singular -quy
  1. funeral rites
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Derived Formsobsequial (ɒbˈsiːkwɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for obsequies

C14: via Anglo-Norman from Medieval Latin obsequiae (influenced by Latin exsequiae), from obsequium compliance
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Word Origin and History for obsequies


"funeral rites," plural of obsequy.

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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.

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