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a show of great respect
  • How to Memorize
    • obeisance - respect
  • Analysis

    The formal word ‘obeisance’ is used in a literal or figurative way. Literally, it describes making a gesture of submissive and deferential respect, such as bowing or performing a curtsy. In a figurative sense, it expresses behaving in a reverential or overly obedient way. Particularly in its figurative use, the term is associated with sycophancy and subservience.

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    Synonymsgenuflectionhomage, reverence,
    Antonymscontempt, noncompliance, disobedience,
  • Example(s)
    1. The CEO does not run the company in an egalitarian way. Instead, she demands obeisance from her employees.

    2. The guests at the function paid obeisance to the Queen as she walked down the line and greeted them each in turn.

    3. Followers of that particular political party seem to have an unthinking and slavish obeisance to a destructive ideology.