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obeisance

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noun obei·sance \ō-ˈbē-sən(t)s, ə-, -ˈbā-\

Simple Definition of obeisance

  • : a movement of your body (such as bowing) that shows respect for someone or something

  • : respect for someone or something

Full Definition of obeisance

  1. 1 :  a movement of the body made in token of respect or submission :  bow

  2. 2 :  acknowledgment of another's superiority or importance :  homage <makes obeisance to her mentors>

obei·sant play \-sənt\ adjective
obei·sant·ly adverb

Origin of obeisance

Middle English obeisaunce obedience, obeisance, from Anglo-French obeisance, from obeissant, present participle of obeir to obey


First Known Use: 14th century




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