obsequious obsequious  /əb ˈsi kwi əs/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
  2. (adj) attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner

Usage(s):

  1. The police show obsequious respect for the politicians in power and it will naive to believe they do not know which side the bread is buttered.
  2. The king had a rabid distaste for fawning courtiers and their obsequious show of respect.
  3. The West, having understood the reality of oil power, were overly obsequious when dealing with the oil sheiks.

News

  • Rough Justice For Slain Foreign Fixers In China, Malaysia

    The rich and powerful in Asia often rely on foreign courtiers - fixers, consultants, brokers - to get things done overseas. Only the most discreet and obsequious need apply. The rewards are immense, given the undisclosed wealth that flows to such elites. So, too, are the risks when the relationship sours. I've covered the cases of two foreign fixers, one in China, the other in Malaysia, who paid ...
    on August 23, 2013     Source: Forbes

Quotes

  1. 1, Hamilton warned, "Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants."
    on Oct 10, 2008 By: Alexander Hamilton Source: Patriot Post

  2. "Is this not an obsequious decision by the Rudd government to back down to the first bit of pressure from Japan because it simply didn't like the bloody business of whaling and the pictures of it being released to the world public," Senator...
    on Mar 15, 2009 By: Bob Brown Source: Brisbane Times

  3. "National honour is an important value in the Middle East, and the time for obsequious attitudes is over. We have no need to adopt false pretences in a bid to please," Lieberman said.
    on Jan 2, 2010 By: Avigdor Lieberman Source: AFP

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