Origin of obsequious
Examples from the Web for obsequiousness
But there was more to this obsequiousness than the weakness of one officer.
Not348 anyone could have been more abject in his obsequiousness than the fat doctor from Bannockburn.The Red Tavern|Charles Raymond Macauley
They saluted us with an obsequiousness most unusual in free Switzerland.Wagner at Home|Judith Gautier
Deeply and remorsefully did he pay for his obsequiousness to the vilest of mankind.
The customs officials were all obsequiousness when they went through the form of levying on the cargo of the ship.A Friend of Caesar|William Stearns Davis
The obsequiousness of Coke to his Royal mistress was in perfect keeping with his character.
British Dictionary definitions for obsequiousness
Word Origin for obsequious
Word Origin and History for obsequiousness
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.).