Obsequious

Pronunciation: [ uhb-see-kwee-uhs ]

Definition: adjective

characterized by or showing servile obedience and excessive eagerness to please; deferential; fawning

Origin: Late 15th century; Latin


Etymology: from Latin obsequiosus, from obsequium ‘compliancy’, from obsequi ‘follow, comply with’.


Usage:

Synonyms:

  • compliant

  • beggarly

  • submissive

  • subservient

  • obedient

  • dutiful

Antonyms:

  • assertive

  • unyielding

  • obstinate

Example: After the dog destroyed the couch and got punished, he was very obsequious.

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