[ ob-si-kwee ]
/ ˈɒb sɪ kwi /

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 confused

obsequies obsequious
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/ (ˈɒbsɪkwɪz) /

pl n singular -quy

funeral rites

Derived Forms

obsequial (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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