Origin of obsequiesfrom obsolete singular obsequy from Old French obseques from Medieval Latin obsequiae (pl.) ( from Classical Latin obsequium, compliance: see obsequious), substituted for Classical Latin exsequiae: see exequies
Obsequies are funeral ceremonies or traditions.
Examples of obsequies are prayers said at a Catholic funeral mass.
funeral rites or ceremonies
- the plural only usage is favored by the Oxford Dictionary , and thus can be considered to be British, whereas Webster's dictionary, with prevalence of the usage in the plural being noted, gives both singular and plural forms of the word .
- in modern usage, not to be confused with obsequious
- The son or adopted son of the deceased kneels before the highpriest, and promises due performance of all the religious duties and obsequies to the dead.
- The periodical performance of the commemorative rite of obsequies called Sraddha - i.e.
- At his funeral obsequies the celebrated proselyte Aquila (Akylas Onkelos), reviving an ancient custom, burned costly materials to the value of seventy minae.
- The obsequies of Achilles, as described in the Odyssey, were also celebrated with details which are strikingly similar to those observed in tumuli both of the Bronze and Iron Ages.
- C. 2) on occasion of the obsequies of Severus, which he appears to have witnessed.