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Obeisance in a Sentence

Examples of obeisance in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of obeisance, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.

obeisance(ō-bāˈsəns, ō-bēˈ-)

(noun) - the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person

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EXAMPLES - Obeisance in a Sentence

  1. Brother Neal smirked his superiority at Richard's obeisance. (source)
  2. Then he turned his back and repeated the obeisance to the crowd. (source)
  3. It stands, hands tucked into its sleeves, head bent in obeisance. (source)
  4. He smiled, as did his friend, then gave a tiny bow, a kind of mock obeisance. (source)
  5. And no American head of state should show "obeisance" to another head of state. (source)
  6. The kek would sweep inwards as the van roared along the lane; bowing in obeisance. (source)
  7. Sanjeev Syal/Demotix Left, a devotee pays obeisance at Durgiana Temple in Amritsar. (source)
  8. When the angel gives his answer, Joshua immediately falls to the ground in obeisance. (source)
  9. He made his obeisance, somewhat confused in mind, and turned again to the closed door. (source)
  10. She made her courteous obeisance, and left him to his ablutions before the evening meal. (source)
  11. Devotees pay obeisance to Guru Granth Saheb, the holy book of the Sikhs, at Darbar Sahib. (source)
  12. I made obeisance to Mr. Moore and Ms Powell, who were very sweet and even gave me a peppermint. (source)
  13. It was a knee-jerk design modification made in obeisance to the myth that Americans hate hatchbacks. (source)
  14. The business recalls the obeisance to certain Italian gentlemen once required of American presidential candidates. (source)
  15. Whenever people show great obeisance to me by addressing me as His Holiness, I always humble myself by earnestly recalling thus: (source)
  16. Keller, along with Chefs Ogden, Manrique and Humphries, should drop by the Campton Place and pay obeisance to their next incarnation. (source)
  17. In the wake of Iraq, mainstream British political thinking has moved away from knee-jerk obeisance to the so-called special relationship. (source)
  18. Shall we live as servile cogs in obeisance to Moloch as we stoke the perverse machines that maintain the apartheid apparatuses of Petropolis? (source)
  19. While addressing the mammoth gathering assembled at Guru Ravi Dass Ji temple, Krishna Nagar Jammu to pay obeisance on his 633rd Birth anniversary., (source)
  20. The fact that Abbas 'authority has been shredded by his repeated forced obeisance to the will of the Palestinians' keepers is conveniently overlooked. (source)
  21. With acts of this kind of obeisance, any hope the 110th congress will address the key issues people voted for and demand faded like a late autumn sunset. (source)
  22. He swept with long strides into the centre of the open space fronting the dais, and made an elaborate obeisance in the general direction of prince and bishop. (source)
  23. He first made obeisance to the Chief Thling-Tinneh, presenting him with a couple of pounds of black tea and tobacco, and thereby winning his most cordial regard. (source)
  24. Class was a powerful thing; it t riggered an instinctive obeisance from women accustomed to coming through the service entrance or, in this lot's case, through the smashed-in window. (source)
  25. Clinton was there to pay obeisance to the Expo hosts but even more to the gathered Chinese and American CEOs, expat shills, and State and consular officials who engineered the debacle. (source)
  26. And the feeling for those he loved survived them, and it is monstrous to represent its unspoken and controlled/[Page xxxiv]/expression in obeisance and gesture as a sign of "agonising remorse." (source)
  27. In another I saw a slave and her lover-master of the moment in one another's arms half oof the large, soft cushion on which the slave, customarily, kneeling, in obeisance, greeets the booth's entrant. (source)
  28. And, in a moment, she had continued on down the line, pausing her and there to order another fellow to lift his head, to be commanded and interrogated, and then to resume a posture of abject obeisance. (source)
  29. The ballot initiative process gave the public a chance to answer back on mandatory auto insurance in the late 80s, but politicians paid a big price for their obeisance to industry rather than the public. (source)
  30. Until they shed those pernicious beliefs, as exemplified in their obeisance to trickle-down economics and condescending attitude to those actually expected to vote for them, Democrats will be trying to figure out what went wrong. (source)
  31. It is possible that some times Lamas and religious masters will feel a sense of being important and develop an inflated ego on the basis of very strong faith and hope reposed in them by believers as they make offerings and pay obeisance. (source)
  32. In the vast, dim quiet of the church Cadfael made amicable obeisance to the altar of Saint Winifred, as to an intimate but revered friend, but for once hesitated to burden her with a charge for another man, and one even she might find hard to understand. (source)
  33. Whenever people show great obeisance to me by addressing me as His Holiness, I always humble myself by earnestly recalling thus: Wherever and whomsoever I go to for whatever purpose,/by holding myself the humblest of all,/may I hold others, in all sincerity,/to the highest level. (source)
  34. And everywhere the people turning out, in their hands gifts of flowers, and fruit, and fish, and pig, in their hearts love and song, their heads bowed in obeisance to the royal ones while their lips ejaculated exclamations of amazement or chanted meles of old and unforgotten days. (source)
  35. Alexander had no desire to be worshiped as a god by his countrymen or even enjoy the same elaborate court rituals that traditionally surrounded the Great Kings of Persia, but it was ridiculous and divisive to have half his court performing ritual obeisance before him and the other half treating it as a bad joke. (source)
  36. The latecomer crossed the open space between the partisans with a long, silent stride, made a deferential obeisance to the presiding bishop, who received it with a questioning frown and the merest severe inclination of his head, and bent to kiss the king's hand, all without compromising for an instant his own black dignity. (source)
  37. Thou knowest with what joy I roamed over thy confines, and beheld the universal beauty that then was spread around; how tenderly I whispered through thy flowers, how joyfully I carried up their fragrant odours as a thank-offering to heaven; how merrily I sported on the hills, or taught the branches of thy lofty trees to bow, as in obeisance to Him who made them! (source)
  38. In the place from which they came a Christian of wealth wished to build a church, and last week he was proceeding to do so, when the heathen, instigated by the district mandarin, seized upon him and four other Christians, and when he would neither say the word nor make the obeisance which is regarded as equivalent to denying Christ, they wrapped him in cotton wadding soaked in oil, tied him to a cross, and burned him, no extremity of torture availing to shake his constancy. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 45.0, which suggests that "obeisance" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 15 synonyms for obeisance.

allegiance, bending of the knee, bow, curtsy, deference, fealty, genuflection, homage, honor, kowtow, loyalty, praise, respect, reverence, salaam


We have 11 antonyms for obeisance.

bad manners, censure, condemnation, disdain, dishonor, disloyalty, disobedience, disregard, disrespect, scorn, treachery


Pronunciation: (ō-bāˈsəns, ō-bēˈ-)

Syllabification: o-bei-sance


View up to 25 definitions of obeisance from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (noun) A gesture or movement of the body, such as a curtsy, that expresses deference or homage.
  2. (noun) An attitude of deference or homage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (noun) Demonstration of an obedient attitude, especially by bowing deeply.
  2. (noun) An obedient attitude.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (noun) Obedience.
  2. (noun) Deference or homage, or an expression of deference or respect; a bow; a curtsy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (noun) Authority; subjection; power or right to demand obedience.
  2. (noun) Obedience.
  3. (noun) Deferential deportment.
  4. (noun) A bow or courtesy; an act of reverence, dutifulness, or deference.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (noun) the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person
  2. (noun) bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting