Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly challenge created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.
To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post for this week (above link). It’s a nice post to do and will give you some practise with a dictionary, of which there are several online. Illustrations are by no means necessary, but it’s up to you.
I’m up to the letter O this week. I started off by just choosing a word at random (perspicacious). Since then, I’ve been working through the alphabet, so I’ll be looking for a word beginning with the letter P next week.
So, here is my WOW for this week:
Pronunciation: o·bei·sance [oh-bey-suh ns] [ə(ʊ)ˈbeɪs(ə)ns]
Part of Speech: Noun
Plural noun: obeisances
1. a movement of the body expressing deep respect or deferential courtesy, as before a superior; a bow, curtsy, or other similar gesture.
2. deference, homage or respect for someone or something
homage, respect, tribute, loyalty, devotion, fidelity, reverence, deference, faithfulness, fealty, allegiance, bow, salaam, salutation, kowtow, genuflection, bob, bending of the knee, curtsy or curtsey, veneration, submission
censure, condemnation, disdain, scorn, dishonour, disloyalty, disregard, disrespect, treachery, bad manners, disobedience
1325-75; Middle English obeisaunce < Middle French obeissance, derivative of Old French obeissant, present participle of obeir to obey.
Use in a Sentence:
1. Sir Walter Raleigh displayed obeisance to Queen Elizabeth I by throwing his cloak over a puddle along her route.
2. Obeisance was not one of the rude secretary’s personal qualities.
3. (Adverb use) The serving girl bowed her head obeisantly as she proffered the wine goblet to the king.
4. (Plural use) The noblemen filed into the large hall to make their obeisances to the new king.
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