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deference

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of deference

  1. a readiness or willingness to yield to the wishes of others the sycophantic deference with which the hotel treats celebrity guests Synonyms of deference acquiescence, biddability, compliancy, compliance, docility, obedience, submissivenessWords Related to deference amenability, amiability, complaisance, good-naturedness; obsequiousness, servility, slavishness, subservience, subserviency; conformity; cooperativeness, receptiveness, receptivity; humoring, indulgence; acceptance, assent, consent; capitulation, submission, surrender; affability, amicability, congeniality, cordiality, friendliness, geniality, sociabilityNear Antonyms of deference animosity, antipathy, enmity, hostility, ill willAntonyms of deference defiance, disobedience, intractability, recalcitrance

Synonym Discussion of deference

honor, homage, reverence, deference mean respect and esteem shown to another. honor may apply to the recognition of one's right to great respect or to any expression of such recognition.
    • the nomination is an honor
homage adds the implication of accompanying praise.
    • paying homage to Shakespeare
reverence implies profound respect mingled with love, devotion, or awe.
    • great reverence for my father
deference implies a yielding or submitting to another's judgment or preference out of respect or reverence.
    • showed no deference to their elders


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