obeisance

[ oh-bey-suhns ]

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Part of Speech

noun

Origin + Etymology

Late Middle English

from Old French obeissance, from obeissant ‘obeying’, present participle of obeir

Synonyms

    1.
  • respect
  • homage
  • worship
  • adoration
  • reverence
    2.
  • bow
  • curtsy
  • salutation

Antonyms

    1.
  • disrespect
    2.
  • ignore

Definition

1. deference or homage
2. a movement of the body expressing deep respect or deferential courtesy, as before a superior; a bow, curtsy, or other similar gesture

Examples

1. The staff gave obeisance to the new king.
2. The made a deep obeisance when presented in front of the queen.

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