Obeisance meaning

ō-bāsəns, ō-bē-
An attitude of deference or homage.
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Obeisance is respect, or gestures conveying or signifying respect.

An example of obeisance is bowing down before a king and kissing his hand.

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A gesture or movement of the body, such as a curtsy, that expresses deference or homage.
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A gesture of respect or reverence, such as a bow or curtsy.
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The attitude shown by this; homage; deference.
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Demonstration of an obedient attitude, especially by bowing deeply.
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An obedient attitude.
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Origin of obeisance

  • Middle English obeisaunce from Old French obeissance from obeissant present participle of obeir to obey obey

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English obeisaunce (“obedience, obeisance"), from Old French obeïssance, derived from obeïssant (“obedient"), participle of obeïr (“to obey"), from Latin oboedire, obedire; ob- (“to, for") + audire (“to hear").

    From Wiktionary