V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: overly determined to please--ingratiating

Synonyms: fawning, flattering, ingratiating, submissive, deferential, compliant, servile, respectful

Antonyms: assertive, domineering, proud

Tips: Obsequious comes from the Latin obsequium, "compliant." Someone who is obsequious is very ingratiating and wants to please others, often to the point of being servile. An obsequious person may also try to win favor or ingratiate himself to others, using excessive flattery. Think, "kiss-ass." For a memory trick, note how obsequious sounds a little like "obscene kiss ass."

Usage Examples:

The boss saw through his obsequious attempts to get a raise. (ingratiating, fawning)

The students maintained an obsequious demeanor in front of their favorite teachers. (deferential, respectful)

The mother knew her children must have wanted something--they were never this obsequious without being up to some sort of mischief. (submissive, ingratiating, compliant)

It's annoying to watch how obsequious entertainment reporters are toward celebrities. (fawning, ingratiating)

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