/ob"si kweuhns/, n.
willingness or eagerness to comply, please, serve, etc.; obsequiousness.
Also, obsequeence /ob see"kwee euhns/.
[1595-1605; < L obsequentia, equiv. to obsequent-, s. of obsequens prp. of obsequi to comply with (see OBSEQUIOUS) + -ia -IA]

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  • obsequence — ob·se·quence …   English syllables

  • obsequence — ˈäbsəkwən(t)s noun ( s) Etymology: Latin obsequentia, from obsequent , obsequens, (present participle of obsequi to yield) + ia : obsequiousness, compliance …   Useful english dictionary

  • adulation — n 1. worship, hero worship, idolization, adoration, deification; glorification, exaltation, extolment. 2. sycophancy, toadyism, toadeating, tufthunting, flattery, lip homage, lip service, Rare. blandation; cajolery, blandishment, blarney, palaver …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • deference — n 1. submission, acquiescence, compliance, resignation, acceptance, yielding; nonresis tance, passivity, complaisance; obeisance, obsequiousness, obsequence, servility, slavishness, abjection, self abasement, prostration; docility, submissiveness …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • fawning — adj 1. servile, slavish, obsequious, Obs. obsequent, subservient, menial, Obs., Rare. vernile; submissive, docile, unassertive, compliant, acquiescent, deferential, Tomish, Uncle Tomish, tractable, mealy mouthed; groveling, crawling, creeping,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • servility — n 1. slavishness, servileness, obsequiousness, obsequence, subservience, Obs. vernility; submis siveness, docility, unassertiveness, compliance, acquiescence, deference, obeisance, abjection, abjectness, self abasement; groveling, crawling,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • sycophancy — n 1. flattery, fawning, truckling, wheedling, toadeating, toadyism, tufthunting, sycophantism, lip homage, mouth honor, unc tuousness, Inf. soft soap, Sl. bootlicking, Sl. footlick ing, kowtow, Sl. apple polishing, Sl. brown nosing, Rare.… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • obsequience — ēən(t)s noun ( s) Etymology: by alteration (influence of obsequious) : obsequence …   Useful english dictionary

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