[ 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 confusedobsequies obsequious
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Examples from the Web for obsequy

  • All below was a dark blue twilight, as if for an obsequy within instead of for one on the roof.

    A Case in Camera|Oliver Onions
  • The second day after his obsequy was done reverently, and on his body laid a tomb of stone and his banner hanging over him.

    Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)|Jean Froissart, Thomas Malory, Raphael Holinshed

Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper