Obsequy

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Obsequy Obsequiousness.
    • Obsequy The last duty or service to a person, rendered after his death; hence, a rite or ceremony pertaining to burial; -- now used only in the plural. "I will . . . fetch him hence, and solemnly attend,
      With silent obsequy and funeral train."
      "I will myself
      Be the chief mourner at his obsequies ."
      "The funeral obsequies were decently and privately performed by his family."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n obsequy Ready compliance; deferential service; obsequiousness.
    • n obsequy A funeral rite or ceremony.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • sing Obsequy (Milt.) —rarely used
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obsequiae, pl., funeral rites, fr. obsequi,: cf. F. obsèques,. See Obsequent, and cf. Obsequious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. obsèques—L. obsequiæob, before, upon, sequi, to comply.

Usage

In poetry:

From this session interdict
Every fowl of tyrant wing,
Save the eagle, feather'd king;
Keep the obsequy so strict.
"The Phoenix And The Turtle" by William Shakespeare
If you should cease to love me, let us part,
As friends who part for all eternity;
Let us make grave the reverent obsequy
For what was once our very soul and heart —
If you should cease to love me, let us part!
""If you should cease to love me"" by Corrine Roosevelt Robinson