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Monday, August 04, 2008

Definitions for obeisance

  1. An expression of deference or respect, such as a bow or curtsy.
  2. Deference, homage.

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Citations for obeisance
They made obeisance right to the floor, coiling like bright snakes from the arms of their astonished handlers. Ann Wroe, Pontius Pilate
His presence was betrayed to Miloš, who ordered his execution and then sent his rival's head to the Sultan to demonstrate his obeisance. Misha Glenny, The Balkans
Origin of obeisance
Obeisance comes from Old French obeissance, from obeissant, present participle of obeir, to obey, from Latin oboedire, to listen to, from ob-, to + audire, to hear. The adjective form is obeisant.