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obeisance (əʊˈbeɪsəns Pronunciation for obeisance ; 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
During the past two decades, obeisance to the cult of personality has become virtually the only permitted political activity.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
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
Syal's office is a virtual durbar for his executives, field agents, and just about anybody who pays obeisance to him.
Business Today (1998)
THE BROADCAST Last year's annual obeisance to the Hollywood fantasy machine was an eye-glazing four hours, 16 minutes long.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The wind came in light gusts, -rippling the surface of the water, the reeds and rushes bending in obeisance.
Mark Mills AMAGANSETT (2004)
Well might Macmillan christen his trip to Bermuda to do obeisance for Britain's sins `Operation Canossa '.
Simon Ball THE GUARDSMEN (2004)
What bound people together was obeisance to the one in command.
Samachar (2004)
Yet their blinkered obeisance to the "yoof" market flies in the face of the facts.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)


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