• In fact, capitalism entails neither robber barons nor kings nor obsequious serfs but independent beings who trade the products of their effort to mutual advantage.

    FORBES: Steve Jobs and the Money-Making Personality

  • His obsequious attempts to curry favor with the Arabs and Iran have been even more disturbing to Israelis than his refusal to visit the country.


  • Greenberg should be put under the harsh spotlight of public scrutiny too, instead of being allowed to shoot his mouth off on CNBC or Bloomberg, where his inquisitors are invariably obsequious.

    FORBES: The Croesus Chronicles

  • On the one hand, with its comforting array of British character actors and its kindly, not to say obsequious, approach to a royal triumph over circumstance, it touches the most conservative chords of period drama.

    NEWYORKER: The King's Speech

  • The most influential institutions in Iran's elaborate power-structure, including the Revolutionary Guards, the Guardian Council, the presidency and parliament, are all still run by direct appointees of the supreme leader or by people unfailingly obsequious to him.


  • Sokurov presents the emperor as effete and detached—he mumbles to himself while piddling away the war years on marine biology—and dramatizes his unquestioned authority over obsequious underlings, from servants to military commanders, on the basis of his ostensible divinity.

    NEWYORKER: The Sun

  • After all, it was thanks in no small measure to Kohl's "leadership" on G-7 ties -- and the Bush Administration's obsequious deference to it -- that Soviet communism was perpetuated for years beyond when it would otherwise have become economically non-viable.

    CENTERFORSECURITYPOLICY: Center For Security Policy

  • The best-known case may be that of Kareem Amer, the pseudonym of an expelled student from al-Azhar University, who blogged about violent clashes between Christians and Muslims (often a taboo subject), mockingly referred to President Mubarak as a deity, and criticized Muslim leaders for their obsequious support of him.

    NEWYORKER: The Contenders

  • He tried to help them in any way he could, offering to render the sorts of little services one might expect from a secretary or a valet rather than a colleague, for which he was reproached by a writer of his own generation, who called him obsequious and servile.

    NEWYORKER: Álvaro Rousselot’s Journey

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