Origin of obsequious
Examples from the Web for obsequious
Still, for the last year the media has been treating the Abe regime with obsequious deference.‘Whip it!’ Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s Cabinet Of Horrors|Jake Adelstein|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All week, the nation has been gripped by a classic tale—a powerful yet married man meets a younger, hot, obsequious woman.Paula Broadwell, Eminem, & More Spurned Lovers Who Went Ballistic|Paula Froelich|November 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They were immediately taken in charge by the obsequious Bahrim, who, by expressive signs, invited them to follow him.In Search of El Dorado|Harry Collingwood
She had shrunk from spiritual independence with all the obsequious arrogance of a poor relation at a feast.
He gave her the impression of a petty tyrant about to bestow largess upon an obsequious and fawning slave.
The nervous, obsequious Hoopdriver, to whom I introduced you some days since, has undergone a wonderful change.The Wheels of Chance|H. G. Wells
Obsequious waiters took his dressing-bag and overcoat, the landlord himself welcomed him at the door.For the Term of His Natural Life|Marcus Clarke
British Dictionary definitions for obsequious
Word Origin for obsequious
Word Origin and History for obsequious
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.).