One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
funeral rites, funeral service, funeral, burial ceremony, burial service, burialView synonyms
- ‘The newspapers had done her proud, splashing big pictures and running long obituaries, but the question was: Had Fleet Street overestimated demand for royal obsequies?’
- ‘She was particularly interested in meeting with and caring for people and has many trusted, loyal and sincere friends, many of whom were in attendance at the funeral obsequies.’
- ‘These many aspects of her life of service drew huge attendances from three continents to her obsequies culminating in her Requiem Mass in St. Patrick's Church, Ballina on Monday 5th.’
- ‘Burial takes place this Tuesday morning in St. Colman's Cemetery following Requiem Mass at 11 a.m. Funeral obsequies will be published later.’
- ‘Seamus was a grand gentleman who commanded great regard in the community Funeral obsequies will be published later.’
Late Middle English: plural of obsolete obsequy, from Anglo-Norman French obsequie, from the medieval Latin plural obsequiae (from Latin exsequiae ‘funeral rites’, influenced by obsequium ‘dutiful service’).
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