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Sunday, November 17, 2002

Definitions for obsequious

  1. Servilely attentive; compliant to excess; fawning.

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Citations for obsequious
His wealth nevertheless turns the townspeople into groveling, obsequious sycophants. Stephen Holden, New York Times
Politicians these days have to pretend to like football, and I am tired of their obsequious, crowd-pleasing football jokes. Margaret Drabble, Times (London)
Origin of obsequious
late Middle English
Obsequious comes from Latin obsequiosus, from obsequium, "compliance," from obsequi, "to comply with," from ob-, "toward" + sequi, "to follow."
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