From Latin obsequiōsus (“complaisant, obsequious”), from obsequium (“compliance”), from obsequor (“comply with, yield to”), from ob (“in the direction of, towards”) + sequor (“follow”) (see sequel).
obsequious (comparative more obsequious, superlative most obsequious)
- (archaic) Obedient; compliant with someone else's orders or wishes.
- Excessively eager and attentive to please or to obey instructions; fawning, subservient, servile.
- 1927, Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, p. 20
- Translation falls especially short of this conceit which carries the whole flamboyance of the Spanish language. It was intended as an obsequious flattery of the Condesa, and was untrue.
- (obsolete) Of or pertaining to obsequies, funereal.
obedient, compliant with someone else's orders
- Catalan: obsequiós
- Czech: podlézavý
- Danish: servil, slesk
- Dutch: kruiperig (nl), slaafs (nl), onderworpen (nl)
- Finnish: nöyristelevä, mielistelevä (fi)
- French: obséquieux (fr), soumis (fr)
- German: unterwürfig, hörig (de), servil (de), kriecherisch, devot (de)
- Greek: γλύφτης m (glýftis)
- Hungarian: alázatos (hu), szolgalelkű (hu)
- Ido: komplezachema (io), respektemacha