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Examples of obsequious in a Sentence
- But the Democratic presidential nominee is commonly referred to as Elvis, and his running mate as Eddie Haskell, that obsequious weenie from '50s TV. —Guy Trebay, Village Voice, 28 July 1992
- He could wear an oxford shirt and necktie and speak the local language, in every sense, and never act obsequious or look as though he felt out of place. —Tracy Kidder, New England Monthly, April 1990
- The obsequious villagers touched their caps but sneered behind her back. —"George Sand," 1980, in V. S. Pritchett: A Man of Letters, 1985
- Nash's other hand flashed forward a lighter with the obsequious speed of a motor salesman. —Ian Fleming, From Russia, With Love, 1957
She's constantly followed by obsequious assistants who will do anything she tells them to.
Recent Examples of obsequious from the Web
An instant television celebrity, Scaramucci’s obsequious displays of loyalty pleased the president, but his astonishing rise also threatened to overshadow the President.
Taking their cue from Pence, the Cabinet secretaries then took turns extolling the president in ways that were widely derided as obsequious.
People here were stunned because Macau has a reputation for obsequious obedience to Beijing as well as chronic corruption, organized crime and limited tolerance for labor unions and other independent organizations.
The special is solicitous, even obsequious, but sometimes revealing anyway.
This gambit was a trap, even if the obsequious TV guy didn’t intend it that way, and Connally easily slipped it.
The pomposity of formal dining, with its obsequious service and obsessive attention to comfort, is meant to show how removed from the world Stan has become.
Meyerbeer was generous toward the younger, characteristically obsequious composer when Wagner was starting out.
His paintings of faceless women, made on cardboard by filling in the composition’s negative space, pay an evident, even obsequious homage to Matisse.
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Follow Along With the Definition of obsequious
An obsequious person is more likely to be a follower than a leader. Use that fact to help you remember the meaning of "obsequious." All you need to do is bear in mind that the word comes from the Latin root sequi, meaning "to follow." (The other contributor is the prefix ob-, meaning "toward.") "Sequi" is the source of a number of other English words, too, including "consequence" (a result that follows from an action), "sequel" (a novel, film, or TV show that follows an original version), and "non sequitur" (a conclusion that doesn’t follow from what was said before).
Synonym Discussion of obsequious
- domestic help was expected to be properly subservient
- a political boss and his entourage of servile hangers-on
- the slavish status of migrant farm workers
- waiters who are obsequious in the presence of celebrities
OBSEQUIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obsequious for English Language Learners
: too eager to help or obey someone important
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