Obsequy Ob"se*quy, n.; pl. {Obsequies}. [L. obsequiae, pl., funeral rites, fr. obsequi: cf. F. obs[`e]ques. See {Obsequent}, and cf. {Obsequious}.] 1. The last duty or service to a person, rendered after his death; hence, a rite or ceremony pertaining to burial; -- now used only in the plural. --Spencer. [1913 Webster]

I will . . . fetch him hence, and solemnly attend, With silent obsequy and funeral train. --Milton [1913 Webster]

I will myself Be the chief mourner at his obsequies. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The funeral obsequies were decently and privately performed by his family. --J. P. Mahaffy. [1913 Webster]

2. Obsequiousness. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

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  • obsequy — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. obsequie, from M.L. obsequiae, influenced in sense by confusion of L. obsequium compliance (see OBSEQUIOUS (Cf. obsequious)) with exsequiae funeral rites. Now usually in plural, obsequies …   Etymology dictionary

  • obsequy — [n] funeral ceremony eulogy, funeral rite, funeral service; concepts 69,278 …   New thesaurus

  • obsequy — noun (plural quies) Etymology: Middle English obsequie, from Anglo French, from Medieval Latin obsequiae (plural), alteration of Latin exsequiae, from exsequi to follow out, execute more at execution Date: 15th century a funeral or burial rite… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • obsequy — /ob si kwee/, n., pl. obsequies. Usually, obsequies. a funeral rite or ceremony. [1350 1400; ME obseque < MF < LL obsequiae, alter. (by confusion with exsequiae funeral rites) of obsequia, pl. of L obsequium; see OBSEQUIOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • obsequy — noun a) The last office for the dead b) A funeral service …   Wiktionary

  • obsequy — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. funeral rite, ceremony, service. see eulogy, funeral …   English dictionary for students

  • obsequy — n. funeral ceremony …   English contemporary dictionary

  • obsequy — n Usu. obsequies funeral rites, funeral ceremony or service, last offices or honors, funeral oration, eulogy, final tribute; wake, deathwatch, vigil; burial, burial service, entombment, graveside service; exequies, funeral procession, dead march …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • obsequy — ob·se·quy …   English syllables

  • obsequy — ob•se•quy [[t]ˈɒb sɪ kwi[/t]] n. pl. quies Usu., obsequies. a funeral rite or ceremony • Etymology: 1350–1400; < MF < LL obsequiae, alter. (by confusion with exsequiae funeral rites) of obsequia. See obsequious …   From formal English to slang

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