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obsequy

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noun ob·se·quy \ˈäb-sə-kwē\

Definition of obsequy

plural ob·se·quies

  1. :  a funeral or burial rite —usually used in plural



Examples of obsequy

  1. <the murder victim's father was the chief mourner at the obsequies>



Origin of obsequy

Middle English obsequie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin obsequiae (plural), alteration of Latin exsequiae, from exsequi to follow out, execute — more at execution


First Known Use: 15th century



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