obeisance

[oh-bey-suhns, oh-bee-]
noun
1.
a movement of the body expressing deep respect or deferential courtesy, as before a superior; a bow, curtsy, or other similar gesture.
2.
deference or homage: The nobles gave obeisance to the new king.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English obeisaunce < Middle French obeissance, derivative of Old French obeissant, present participle of obeir to obey; see -ance

obeisant, adjective
obeisantly, adverb
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obeisance (əʊˈbeɪsəns, əʊˈbiː-)
 
n
1.  an attitude of deference or homage
2.  a gesture expressing obeisance
 
[C14: from Old French obéissant, present participle of obéir to obey]
 
o'beisant
 
adj
 
o'beisantly
 
adv

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obeisance
late 14c., "act or fact of obeying," from O.Fr. obeissance "obedience," from obeissant, prp. of obeir "obey," from L. oboedire (see obey). Sense in Eng. alt. late 14c. to "bending or prostration of the body as a gesture of submission or respect" by confusion with abaisance.
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Obeisance definition


homage or reverence to any one (Gen. 37:7; 43:28).

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Example sentences
Honest economists issued warnings, only to be shouted down by their more obeisant colleagues.
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