July 11, 2012
- obsequious (adjective)
- 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.
- Are you a word wiz?
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.