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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: obeir; OBEY

obeisance

noun
     
o‧bei‧sance [uncountable and countable] literary
respect and obedience to someone or something, often shown by bending your head or the upper part of your body
make/pay obeisance (to somebody/something)
They made obeisance to the sultan.

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