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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Obsequious \Ob*se"qui*ous\, a. [L. obsequiosus, fr. obsequium compliance, fr. obsequi, fr. obsequi: cf. F. obs['e]quieux, See Obsequent, and cf. Obsequy.] 1. Promptly obedient, or submissive, to the will of another; compliant; yielding to the desires of another; devoted. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] His servants weeping, Obsequious to his orders, bear him hither. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. Servilely or meanly attentive; compliant to excess; cringing; fawning; as, obsequious flatterer, parasite. [1913 Webster] There lies ever in "obsequious" at the present the sense of an observance which is overdone, of an unmanly readiness to fall in with the will of another. --Trench. [1913 Webster] 3. [See Obsequy.] Of or pertaining to obsequies; funereal. [R.] "To do obsequious sorrow." --Shak. [1913 Webster] Syn: Compliant; obedient; servile. See Yielding. [1913 Webster]