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[ uhb-see-kwee-uhs-nis ]


  1. slavish or fawning obedience or excessive eagerness to please:

    Once they’d gained self-respect through education, women were no longer willing to show obsequiousness or blind obedience.

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Other Words From

  • o·ver·ob·se·qui·ous·ness noun
  • un·ob·se·qui·ous·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

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Example Sentences

What would a monument to political obsequiousness look like?

But there was more to this obsequiousness than the weakness of one officer.

Nothing could rouse him out of his tame civility, which had been taken more than once for obsequiousness.

Resistance to power has shut the door of the House of Commons to one man; obsequiousness and servility, to none.

Evermore is parade and obsequiousness suspectable: it must show either a foolish head, or a knavish heart.

He hated obsequiousness, and hesitated whether to deal with the mayor courteously or brusquely.

This body-guard, with all external demonstrations of obsequiousness, watched him by night and by day, rendering escape impossible.


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More About Obsequiousness

What is obsequiousness?

Obsequiousness is the act of making your wishes secondary to someone else’s wishes, as in The loyal butler was noted for his undying obsequiousness to his employer.

Obsequiousness describes a situation in which a person obediently serves someone else and is eager to please them.

Obsequiousness is not a commonly used word. People instead use words with similar meanings (and easier spellings), such as devotion, veneration, deference, or submission.

The word obsequiousness comes from the adjective obsequious, which describes someone demonstrating obedience and eagerness to please, as in The duchess had a team of obsequious servants.

Example: Selvon’s obsequiousness to the decadent earl ensured his long employment as a butler.

Where does obsequiousness come from?

The first records of obsequiousness come from around 1447. It comes from the adjective obsequious, which ultimately comes from the Latin obsequi, meaning “to comply with.” If you are performing acts of obsequiousness, you are following the orders of whoever gave the orders to you.

The word obsequiousness can refer to both willing and unwilling submission. A waiter or personal assistant, for example, will display obsequiousness as part of their job. A prisoner or slave, however, would show obsequiousness to avoid being punished or out of fear.

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What are some other forms related to obsequiousness?

  • obsequious (adjective)
  • obsequiously (adverb)
  • overobsequious (adjective)
  • overobsequiously (adverb)

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How is obsequiousness used in real life?

Obsequiousness is an uncommon word that is often used to describe shameful acts of submitting oneself to the demands of others.

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Which of the following words could be used to describe someone demonstrating obsequiousness?

A. resistance
B. bravery
C. obedience
D. independence

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