Sentence: Despite the extraordinary swiftness and magnitude of this shift, our political campaigns are still conducted as if all potential voters were among the faithful. The presumption is that candidates have everything to gain and nothing to lose by continuing their obsequious attitude toward orthodox religion and ignoring the growing population of those who make up a more secular America. (Source: www.nytimes.com)
Meaning: Too eager to praise,obey or pay attention to someone
How To Remember?
One who is obsequious is obsessed to say “Yes” all to the time. The “Obse-” part should remind you of the obsession to flatter.
Task For You!
Compare the word “Obsequious” with “Complaisant“. How different or similar do you think the words are?
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