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deference

Syllabification: def·er·ence
Pronunciation: /ˈdef(ə)rəns
 
/

Definition of deference in English:

noun

Humble submission and respect: he addressed her with the deference due to age
More example sentences
  • Elizabeth II came to the throne when Britain still enjoyed a society where deference joined with self respect.
  • The prisoners were all perfectly submissive and paid every deference to the wishes of those in whose custody they were placed.
  • Even when this process is taking place, there is still a battle against old ideas and the habits of deference and submission.
Synonyms
submissiveness, submission, obedience, surrender, accession, capitulation, acquiescence, complaisance, obeisance

Origin

mid 17th century: from French déférence, from déférer 'refer' (see defer2).

Phrases

in deference to

1
Out of respect for; in consideration of.
Example sentences
  • They either watch me march away or hurriedly dash to me with an immediate, apologetic and cursory check of my goods, in deference to my self-conferred diplomatic status.
  • The Good Friday procession, which symbolises Christ's path to his crucifixion, was modified in deference to the Pope's age and health.
  • The team was named Celtic, in deference to Brother Walfrid's wishes, who felt that this name would encompass both its Irish and Scottish roots.

Words that rhyme with deference

preference, reference

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