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Definitions for obeisance
oʊˈbeɪ səns, oʊˈbi-obei·sance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bow, bowing, obeisancenoun

    bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting

  2. obedience, obeisancenoun

    the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person


  1. Obeisancenoun

    Deference or homage, or an expression of deference or respect; a bow; a curtsy.


  1. obeisancenoun

    Demonstration of an obedient attitude, especially by bowing deeply.

  2. obeisancenoun

    An obedient attitude.

  3. Etymology: obeisaunce, from obeïssance, derived from obeïssant, participle of obeïr, from Latin oboedire, obedire; ob- + audire.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Obeisancenoun

    A bow; a courtesy; an act of reverence made by inclination of the body or knee.

    Etymology: obeïsance, Fr. This word is formed by corruption from abaisance, an act of reverence.

    Bartholomew my page,
    See drest in all suits like a lady;
    Then call him Madam, do him all obeisance. William Shakespeare.

    Bathsheba bowed and did obeisance unto the king. 1 K. i. 16.

    The lords and ladies paid
    Their homage, with a low obeisance made;
    And seem’d to venerate the sacred shade. Dryden.


  1. obeisance

    A salute is usually a formal hand gesture or other action used to display respect in military situations. Salutes are primarily associated with the military and law enforcement, but many civilian organizations, such as Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and the Salvation Army use formal salutes. Ordinary civilians also salute informally to greet or acknowledge the presence of another person; such as a tip of the hat or a hand wave to a friend or neighbour.


  1. obeisance

    Obeisance is a gesture or attitude of deep respect, deferity, or homage, often expressed through physical movements, like bowing or kneeling. It can also refer to the act of obeying or expressing willingness to obey.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obeisancenoun


  2. Obeisancenoun

    a manifestation of obedience; an expression of difference or respect; homage; a bow; a courtesy

  3. Etymology: [F. obissance obedience, fr. obissant. See Obey, and cf. Obedience, Abaisance.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Obeisance

    ō-bā′sans, or ō-bē′sans, n. obedience: a bow or act of reverence: an expression of respect.—adj. Obē′isant. [Fr.,—obéir—L. obedīre, to obey.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obeisance in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obeisance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of obeisance in a Sentence

  1. William Butler Yeats:

    The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart.

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