Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person
  2. (noun, communication) bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting

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Synonyms of Obeisance

bow, bowing, obedience

Alternate forms of Obeisance

Derivations: obey

Hyponyms: genuflection, genuflexion, kotow, kowtow, salaam, scrape, scraping, truckling

Hypernyms: compliance, gesture, motion, reverence, submission

Origin of the word Obeisance

  1. late 14c., "act or fact of obeying," from O.Fr. obeissance "obedience," from obeissant, prp. of obeir "obey," from L. oboedire (see obey). Sense in Eng. alt. late 14c. to "bending or prostration of the body as a gesture of submission or respect" by confusion with abaisance. more

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Words that sound like Obeisance

obsequiousness, obviousness, officiousness, opaqueness, opposing, opsonize

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