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obeisance (əʊˈbeɪsəns ; əʊˈbiː-) 



  1. an attitude of deference or homage
  2. a gesture expressing obeisance

Derived Forms

oˈbeisant  adjective
oˈbeisantly  adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Old French obéissant, present participle of obéir to obey


View thesaurus entry
= bow, salaam, salutation, kowtow, genuflection, bob, bending of the knee, curtsy or curtsey

Example Sentences Including 'obeisance'

Before them, the Griffin was bent into a profound obeisance.
Tepper, Sheri S. A Plague of Angels
Putrefying, stinking, his wheelchair folded against the wall, the dead man paying obeisance to an empty red velvet throne.
Duncan, Robert L The Serpent's Mark
The wind came in light gusts, -rippling the surface of the water, the reeds and rushes bending in obeisance.
Mark Mills AMAGANSETT (2004)


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