Definition of obeisance
obeisantplay \ō-ˈbē-sənt, ə-, -ˈbā-\ adjective
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Recent Examples of obeisance from the Web
The pushback also represented growing willingness among staff members to try to keep Mr. Trump from making damaging mistakes — an important internal change in a White House dominated by a president who often demands obeisance.
The Ultimo pays surprisingly subtle obeisance to the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars.
In obeisance to the etiquette of destruction observed in films featuring the legendarily overgrown lizard, Fuji’s summit is treated as a national treasure to which the alpha-predator is denied access.
Gorsuch portrayed himself as a kind of judicial automaton, obligated to pay mindless obeisance to the Court’s prior rulings.
And beneath the obeisance to the Beltway rules about what addresses to joint sessions of Congress are supposed to look like lurked Trump Classic.
Others, like Husserl and Heidegger, demanded obeisance.
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Did You Know?
When it first appeared in English in the late 14th century, "obeisance" shared the same meaning as "obedience." This makes sense given that "obeisance" can be traced back to the Anglo-French verb obeir, which means "to obey" and is also an ancestor of our word obey. The other senses of "obeisance" also date from the 14th century, but they have stood the test of time whereas the obedience sense is now obsolete.
Origin and Etymology of obeisance
Middle English obeisaunce obedience, obeisance, from Anglo-French obeisance, from obeissant, present participle of obeir to obey
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
OBEISANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obeisance for English Language Learners
: a movement of your body (such as bowing) that shows respect for someone or something
: respect for someone or something
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