Borrowed from Old French exequies, from Latin exsequiās, accusative of exsequiæ (train of followers).



exequy (plural exequys or exequies)

  1. (obsolete, now only in plural) Funeral rites.
    • c. 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 1, Act III, Scene 2,[1]
      But yet, before we go, let’s not forget
      The noble Duke of Bedford late deceased,
      But see his exequies fulfill’d in Rouen:
    • 1594, Christopher Marlowe, Edward II, London: William Jones,[2]
      EDWARD. Whether goes my Lord of Couentrie so fast?
      BISHOP. To celebrate your fathers exequies,
    • 1609, Douay–Rheims Bible, Old Testament, volume I (1635 reprint), “The Second Book of Samuel, which we cal the Second of Kings.”, chapter i, marginal note b, page 573:
      Exequies of Saul obſerued with mourning weeping and faſting.
    • 1658, Thomas Browne, Urne-Burial, London: Henry Brome, p. 13,[3]
      More serious conjectures finde some examples of sepulture in Elephants, Cranes, the Sepulchrall Cells of Pismires and practice of Bees; which civill society carrieth out their dead, and hath exequies, if not interrments.
    • 2000, Kate Atkinson, Emotionally Weird, p. 191:
      "We were accelerating along the Perth Road at a speed much faster than is normally associated with exequies and therefore causing considerable consternation amongst our fellow motorists."

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