Synonyms for obeisance
- bending of the knee
Antonyms for obeisance
- bad manners
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OBEISANCE
Pani rose and made an obeisance, and brought forward a chair.
Jacintha came in with the tonic in a glass, and retired with an obeisance.
To the Governor-General, however, the Sultan must do obeisance.
Taking the offered money, she made an obeisance, and withdrew.
The sisters sang their hymn, made their obeisance, and departed.
And when he made his obeisance to David, he inquired of him whence he came.
As he spoke, he brought his wife before the King and she made an obeisance.
Sweeping the cavaliers' obeisance, gallantest of bows, they rode away.
The two stood before the throne and looked at Pharaoh, making no obeisance.
Your hostess will give her hand to you when you make your obeisance.
late 14c., "act or fact of obeying," from Old French obeissance "obedience, service, feudal duty" (13c.), from obeissant, present participle of obeir "obey," from Latin oboedire (see obey). Sense in English altered late 14c. to "bending or prostration of the body as a gesture of submission or respect" by confusion with abaisance. Related: Obeisant.