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In the film, Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts character loved being served by obsequious sales clerks.
  excessively eager to flatter or serve
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  • In the film, Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts character loved being served by obsequious sales clerks.
  • She is respectful without being obsequious.
  • He made his solemn, obsequious bow, and went out.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • At Naoetsu, most of the guards stayed in camp, their haughtiness replaced by gushing obsequiousness.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, an obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not;
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • ...he had come out with great obsequiousness to assist at...
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The three billion people weren’t actually there, but they watched his every gesture through the eyes of a small robot tri-D camera which hovered obsequiously in the air nearby.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • I attended to all the ghastly formalities, and the urbane undertaker proved that his staff was afflicted, or blessed, with something of his own obsequious suavity.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • A marquis (watching De Guiche, who comes down from Roxane’s box, and crosses the pit surrounded by obsequious noblemen
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • The proprietor served him obsequiously but did not venture to talk.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners

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  • He had perfected his patter to the police, a certain obsequious innocence peppered with wonder about their procedures or useless ideas that he presented as if they might help.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • a white person, greeting her after the service with the obsequious smile and false sincerity that blacks reserve for white folks when they don’t know them that well or don’t trust them, or both.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • ...the most obsequious and subservient to the will and passions of their master.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • I gave the name Jenks at the podium, and the obsequious maître d’ led me upstairs to a small private room with a fire crackling in a stone hearth.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • But, you must know, your father lost a father; That father lost, lost his; and the survivor bound, In filial obligation, for some term To do obsequious sorrow:
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • And there was Silver, sitting back almost out of the firelight, but eating heartily, prompt to spring forward when anything was wanted, even joining quietly in our laughter—the same bland, polite, obsequious seaman of the voyage out.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Although he had no friends he was welcomed by his obsequious class-mates and took up a natural and cold position of leadership in the schoolyard.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Yet when I was white, I received the brotherly-love smiles and the privileges from whites and the hate stares or obsequiousness from the Negroes.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Svidrigailov had not been a week in Petersburg, but everything about him was already, so to speak, on a patriarchal footing; the waiter, Philip, was by now an old friend and very obsequious.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • The priests approach them, carrying torches, their shaggy white heads bent, obsequious.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • Unlike the Danes, these Orientals do not demand the obsequious homage of lowered top-sails from the endless procession of ships before the wind, which for centuries past, by night and by day, have passed between the islands of Sumatra and Java, freighted with the costliest cargoes of the east.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The frightened mother became meek and obsequious but she could not prevent herself from persecuting Dona Clara with nervous attention and a fatiguing love.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • At the inn, as I entered, I looked about me with so black a countenance as made the attendants tremble; not a look did they exchange in my 103) presence; but obsequiously took my orders, led me to a private room, and brought me wherewithal to write.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • His usual hostility had been replaced with a slimy obsequiousness.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • The wastes of his weary brain were haunted by shadowy images now—images of wealth and fame revolving obsequiously round his unextinguishable gift of noble and lofty expression.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • The doctor, flattered at this unexpected title, launched out into obsequious phrases.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • and in obsequious fondness crowd to his presence
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Although Sir Gilbert had been courteous, almost obsequious, the fabric he represented had in no wise bowed its head.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • ’Certainly, Mr Teng,’ said the second clerk obsequiously.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The House of Peers, without examining the prisoner, without trial or evidence, passed a Bill of Attainder against him and sent it down to the Commons … The obsequious Commons obeyed his (the King’s) directions; and the King, having affixed the Royal assent to the Bill by commissioners, issued orders for the execution of Norfolk on the morning of January 29 (the next day).
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • The elaborate character of the frame had made the picture extremely bulky, and now and then, in spite of the obsequious protests of Mr. Hubbard, who had the true tradesman’s spirited dislike of seeing a gentleman doing anything useful, Dorian put his hand to it so as to help them.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • ...and there was too some obsequiousness to his chief and even to his chief’s wife, but all this was done with such a tone of good breeding that no hard names could be applied to it.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • Each individual of the automatic community forthwith set to work, according to his or her proper vocation: the monkey, taking off his Highland bonnet, bowed and scraped to the by-standers most obsequiously, with ever an observant eye to pick up a stray cent; and the young foreigner himself, as he turned the crank of his machine, glanced upward to the arched window, expectant of a presence that would make his music the livelier and sweeter.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • I see you are obsequious in your love,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Can you be obsequious?
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • No car has ever had such obsequious treatment as did Rocinante as we moved slowly on. Every irregularity in the road hurt me clear through. We crawled along at not more than five miles an hour.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • The man dares to meet Grandfather’s gaze with an obsequious grin.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • McSouthers was not a stupid man; if only he was less obsequious—and less of a gossip.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • The kids filed in, each one of them giving me an obsequious good-morning as he passed through the front door.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Was this obsequious creature the terrible-voiced terror of the women’s wing?
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • How careful was her obsequious solicitude.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Aye, the master’s a bit the worse for illness, sir, as ye can see," he said, obsequiously tugging his forelock.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He was not a good designer, but he had connections; he was obsequious to Keating in the office, and Keating was obsequious to him after office hours.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • For a moment, he stared at her in blank stupor; she saw the struggle of fear, obsequiousness and hatred in his filmy eyes.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Standing at this table, I became conscious of the servile Pumblechook in a black cloak and several yards of hatband, who was alternately stuffing himself, and making obsequious movements to catch my attention.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • On the landing below lived the obsequious owners.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "At least five, I should say, your Excellency," he replied obsequiously.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The viceregal cavalcade passed, greeted by obsequious policemen, out of Parkgate.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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