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ob·se·quy  audio  (bs-kw) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. ob·se·quies
A funeral rite or ceremony. Often used in the plural.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English obsequi, from Old French obseque, from Medieval Latin obsequiae, alteration (influenced by Latin exsequiae, funeral rites), of Latin obsequia, pl. of obsequium, compliance, dutiful service ; see obsequious


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