Polite submission and respect: he addressed her with the deference due to age
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- 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.
respect, respectfulness, regard, esteem; consideration, attentiveness, attention, thoughtfulness; courteousness, courtesy, politeness, civility, dutifulness, reverence, veneration, awe, homage; submissiveness, submission, obedience, yielding, surrender, accession, capitulation, acquiescence, complaisance, obeisance
mid 17th century: from French déférence, from déférer 'refer' (see defer2).
in deference to
- Out of respect for; in consideration of: in deference to her wishes we spent two weeks on the coastMore 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.