obsequy

noun
ob·​se·​quy | \ ˈäb-sə-kwē How to pronounce obsequy (audio) \
plural obsequies

Definition of obsequy

: a funeral or burial rite usually used in plural

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Examples of obsequy in a Sentence

the murder victim's father was the chief mourner at the obsequies

First Known Use of obsequy

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of obsequy was in the 15th century

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