Obsequies
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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  • Obsequies — Ob se*quies, n. pl. See {Obsequy}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obsequies — [äb′si kwēz΄] pl.n. 〚< obs. sing. obsequy < OFr obseques < ML obsequiae (pl.) (< L obsequium, compliance: see OBSEQUIOUS), substituted for L exsequiae: see EXEQUIES〛 funeral rites or ceremonies * * * …   Universalium

  • obsequies — (n.) funeral rites, plural of OBSEQUY (Cf. obsequy) …   Etymology dictionary

  • obsequies — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ funeral rites. ORIGIN Latin, from exsequiae funeral rites , influenced by obsequium dutiful service …   English terms dictionary

  • obsequies — [äb′si kwēz΄] pl.n. [< obs. sing. obsequy < OFr obseques < ML obsequiae (pl.) (< L obsequium, compliance: see OBSEQUIOUS), substituted for L exsequiae: see EXEQUIES] funeral rites or ceremonies …   English World dictionary

  • obsequies — noun Obsequies is used after these nouns: ↑funeral …   Collocations dictionary

  • obsequies — plural noun they left the sad obsequies to my men Syn: funeral rites, funeral service, funeral, burial, interment, entombment, inhumation, last offices; formal exequies; archaic sepulture …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • obsequies — n.pl. 1 funeral rites. 2 a funeral. Derivatives: obsequial adj. Etymology: ME, pl. of obs. obsequy f. AF obsequie, OF obseque f. med.L obsequiae f. L exsequiae funeral rites (see EXEQUIES): assoc. with obsequium (see OBSEQUIOUS) * * * obsequies… …   Useful english dictionary

  • obsequies — noun Funeral rites …   Wiktionary

  • obsequies — Inglish (Indian English) Dictionary Funeral rituals …   English dialects glossary

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