[ oh-bey-suhns, oh-bee- ]
/ oʊˈbeɪ səns, oʊˈbi- /
a movement of the body expressing deep respect or deferential courtesy, as before a superior; a bow, curtsy, or other similar gesture.
deference or homage: The nobles gave obeisance to the new king.
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Origin of obeisance
OTHER WORDS FROM obeisanceo·bei·sant, adjectiveo·bei·sant·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for obeisance
She imports patterns, and they become the mode; her caterer invents dishes, and they are copied throughout the obeisant world.
British Dictionary definitions for obeisance
/ (əʊˈbeɪsəns, əʊˈbiː-) /
an attitude of deference or homage
a gesture expressing obeisance
Derived forms of obeisanceobeisant, adjectiveobeisantly, adverb
Word Origin for obeisance
C14: from Old French obéissant, present participle of obéir to obey
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