noun, plural ob·se·quies. Usually obsequies.

a funeral rite or ceremony.


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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pl n singular -quy

funeral rites
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.



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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