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obsequies Line breaks: ob|se¦quies
Pronunciation: /ˈɒbsɪkwɪz/

Definition of obsequies in English:

plural noun

Funeral rites.
Example sentences
  • Burial takes place this Tuesday morning in St. Colman's Cemetery following Requiem Mass at 11 a.m. Funeral obsequies will be published later.
  • She was particularly interested in meeting with and caring for people and has many trusted, loyal and sincere friends, many of whom were in attendance at the funeral obsequies.
  • Seamus was a grand gentleman who commanded great regard in the community Funeral obsequies will be published later.
funeral rites, funeral service, funeral, burial ceremony/service, burial;
formal exequies
archaic sepulture


Late Middle English: plural of obsolete obsequy, from Anglo-Norman French obsequie, from the medieval Latin plural obsequiae (from Latin exsequiae 'funeral rites', influenced by obsequium 'dutiful service').

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