Obsequious vs Obsequies
Obsequious = (adjective) polite in an unpleasant and insincere way from the hope of reward or advantage ; servile
- The obsequious servants competed among themselves to please the snobbish rich man.
- The sweeper is embarrassingly obsequious to the manager.
- They were served by obsequious waiters.
Obsequies = ( noun, pl) funeral ceremonies.
- They were ostentatiously solemnizing the obsequies of the departed monarch.
- A large congregation thronged to the Cathedral for the obsequies of the president.
- The murder victim’s father was the chief mourner at the obsequies.
Note the difference in pronunciation, spelling and the stress of the two words.( stress means to pronounce a word with greater energy)
Obsequious (adj) stress comes at the second syllable.
Obsequies (noun) stress comes at the first syllable.