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Definition of "obsequious" []

  • Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning. (adjective)
  • Obedient or attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Submissive or compliant (adjective)

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Use "obsequious" in a sentence
  • "In addition, there's a new book about Shyamalan, The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale and the making of this film, which is apparently an exercise in obsequious flattery."
  • "The waiters at the club were all white-jacketed middle-aged black men who could not be called obsequious but belonged culturally to another generation, one that knew how to be selectively deaf and to pretend that the clientele they served held them in high regard."
  • "I dare say you know two types of natives, which may be called the obsequious and the sullen?"