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obsequious (ob-SEE-kwee-uhs, uhb-) adjective

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

[Middle English, from Latin obsequiosus, from obsequium, compliance, from obsequi, to comply : ob-, to + sequi, to follow.]

"This year's US PGA Championship has almost been overshadowed by the continuing and (to European ears) delightful row over money, though it is scarcely surprising that some of the US players possess egos too big to fit into a sponsored Cadillac, given the way the obsequious American media gush all over them. Sample: Davis Love III being interviewed on television yesterday. `Davis Love, major tournament winner, and major human being, welcome.'" Martin Johnson, Golf: A charitable lot these Americans, The Daily Telegraph, 16 Aug 1999.

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There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties... The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery. -Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

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