Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

2017 Word of the Year

obedience

[oh-bee-dee-uh ns] /oʊˈbi di əns/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being obedient.
2.
the act or practice of obeying; dutiful or submissive compliance:
Military service demands obedience from its members.
3.
a sphere of authority or jurisdiction, especially ecclesiastical.
4.
Chiefly Ecclesiastical.
  1. conformity to a monastic rule or the authority of a religious superior, especially on the part of one who has vowed such conformance.
  2. the rule or authority that exacts such conformance.
Origin of obedience
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English < Old French < Latin oboedientia. See obedient, -ence
Related forms
overobedience, noun
preobedience, noun
superobedience, noun
Synonyms
2. submission, subservience, deference.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for obedience
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • "Unless it should be his gracious pleasure to dispense with obedience," replied Artaphernes.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • In a republic the first rule for the guidance of the citizen is obedience to law.

  • He had acted "in obedience to the clear and imperious call of public obligation."

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • obedience has regard to the will of a ruler, not to necessity and truth.

  • She had wept only in the struggle of obedience and the renunciation of passion.

    The Dream Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for obedience

obedience

/əˈbiːdɪəns/
noun
1.
the condition or quality of being obedient
2.
the act or an instance of obeying; dutiful or submissive behaviour
3.
the authority vested in a Church or similar body
4.
the collective group of persons submitting to this authority See also passive obedience
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for obedience
n.

c.1200, "submission to a higher power or authority," from Old French obedience "obedience, submission" (12c.) and directly from Latin oboedientia "obedience," noun of quality from oboedientem (nominative oboediens); see obedient. In reference to dog training from 1930.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for obedience

Word Value for obedience

14
17
Scrabble Words With Friends