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obeisance

[oh-bey-suh ns, oh-bee-] /oʊˈbeɪ səns, oʊˈbi-/
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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English obeisaunce < Middle French obeissance, derivative of Old French obeissant, present participle of obeir to obey; see -ance
Related forms
obeisant, adjective
obeisantly, adverb
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  • Honest economists issued warnings, only to be shouted down by their more obeisant colleagues.
British Dictionary definitions for obeisant

obeisance

/əʊˈbeɪsəns; əʊˈbiː-/
noun
1.
an attitude of deference or homage
2.
a gesture expressing obeisance
Derived Forms
obeisant, adjective
obeisantly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French obéissant, present participle of obéir to obey
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Word Origin and History for obeisant

obeisance

n.

late 14c., "act or fact of obeying," from Old French obeissance "obedience, service, feudal duty" (13c.), from obeissant, present participle of obeir "obey," from Latin oboedire (see obey). Sense in English altered late 14c. to "bending or prostration of the body as a gesture of submission or respect" by confusion with abaisance. Related: Obeisant.

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obeisant in the Bible

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

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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