Obsequy meaning

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A funeral rite or ceremony.
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The last office for the dead.
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(chiefly in the plural) A funeral rite or service.
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Origin of obsequy

  • Middle English obsequi from Old French obseque from Medieval Latin obsequiae alteration (influenced by Latin exsequiae funeral rites) of Latin obsequia pl. of obsequium compliance, dutiful service obsequious

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin obsequiÄ« (“complaisant, yielding"), alteration of obsequia (“compliance") (by confusion, in association with exsequia (“funeral rites"), from exsequÄ« (“follow or accompany to the grave")).

    From Wiktionary