July 11, 2012
obsequious (adjective)
\ub-SEE-kwee-us\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: ready or prompt to help or obey like a servant or slave at the wish or command of another person especially to gain favor
How do you use it?
Charles Dickens' popular novel David Copperfield features an obsequious but ambitious character named Uriah Heep who is constantly mentioning how "humble" he is.
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Which one of these sentences do you think uses the word "obsequious" correctly?

A nonliving object, such as a mansion, can be overly showy and "ostentatious," but not "obsequious," so B can be the first to go. Connor in sentence C may be described as "obstinate" or stubborn in refusing to give up his obsolete equipment, while Laura in D is "oblivious"—that is, not conscious or aware of what is going on around her, when she is concentrating. That leaves A, and the "yes-man" who has earned the scorn of his former coworkers.
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