[ US /əbˈsikwiəs/ ]
[ UK /ɒbsˈɛkwɪəs/ ]
  1. attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
    obsequious shop assistants
  2. attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
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How To Use obsequious In A Sentence

  • Randy is Mr. Lahey's obsequious sidekick, lover and Sunnyvale's assistant trailer park supervisor.
  • ‘I've always been by your side, Trist,’ Marvin whined obsequiously.
  • The upwardly moral children of the bourgeoisie are obsequiously, uncompromisingly virtuous. Enough About Me. Now, About My Kids...
  • Without an exception these hangers-on are a shallow, mean-spirited bunch of bourgeoise no-counts, who mistake philosophical declamation for conversation and obsequiousness for love.
  • He's that kind of man: modest and honest and difficult to write about without seeming obsequious. Times, Sunday Times
  • It is obsequious for a reason: a correspondent will not be given stories or even asked to briefings if he does not toe the line. Times, Sunday Times
  • He cuddled up to his colleagues, begging for approval - he was obsequious, smart, slippery.
  • They were obsequious and servile and did not presume to talk to their masters as if they were their equals. The Secret Garden
  • And in Congress politics, fulsome flattery and obsequious loyalty play a vital role.
  • His caricatures were affectionate but not obsequious representations of the great and the good. Times, Sunday Times
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