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obsequious
used in Moby Dick

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excessively eager to flatter or serve
  • 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.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (47% in)
obsequious = excessive submissiveness (to serve and flatter)
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