V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. the act of obeying or behaving respectfully; 2. a show or sign of respect such as bowing

Synonyms: respect, courtesy, bow, homage, deference, reverence

Antonyms: disrespect

Tips: Obeisance denotes respect. It is related to the word obey and was originally taken from the French word for "obedience."

Usage Examples:

The boy's obeisance to his babysitter seemed disingenuous, and she was sure he was disrespecting her behind her back. (respect, deference)

He bowed deeply in obeisance to the queen. (reverence, respect)

His obeisance at our meeting seemed rather formal and unnecessary. (bow, show of reverence)

The professor demanded obeisance from all his students. (respect, courtesy)

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