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deference


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deference  \Def"er*ence\,  n.  [F.  d['e]f['e]rence.  See  3d 
  {Defer}.] 
  A  yielding  of  judgment  or  preference  from  respect  to  the 
  wishes  or  opinion  of  another;  submission  in  opinion;  regard; 
  respect;  complaisance. 
 
  Deference  to  the  authority  of  thoughtful  and  sagacious 
  men.  --Whewell. 
 
  Deference  is  the  most  complicate,  the  most  indirect, 
  and  the  most  elegant  of  all  compliments.  --Shenstone. 
 
  Syn:  {Deference},  {Reverence},  {Respect}. 
 
  Usage:  Deference  marks  an  inclination  to  yield  one's  opinion, 
  and  to  acquiesce  in  the  sentiments  of  another  in 
  preference  to  one's  own  Respect  marks  the  estimation 
  that  we  have  for  another,  which  makes  us  look  to  him 
  as  worthy  of  high  confidence  for  the  qualities  of  his 
  mind  and  heart.  Reverence  denotes  a  mingling  of  fear 
  with  a  high  degree  of  respect  and  esteem.  Age,  rank, 
  dignity,  and  personal  merit  call  for  deference; 
  respect  should  be  paid  to  the  wise  and  good;  reverence 
  is  due  to  God,  to  the  authors  of  our  being  and  to  the 
  sanctity  of  the  laws. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  deference 
  n  1:  an  courteous  expression  (by  word  or  deed)  of  esteem  or 
  regard;  "his  deference  to  her  wishes  was  very 
  flattering";  "be  sure  to  give  my  respects  to  the  dean" 
  [syn:  {respect}] 
  2:  courteous  regard  for  people's  feelings;  "in  deference  to 
  your  wishes";  "out  of  respect  for  his  privacy"  [syn:  {respect}, 
  {respectfulness}] 
  3:  a  disposition  or  tendency  to  yield  to  the  will  of  others 
  [syn:  {complaisance},  {compliance},  {compliancy},  {obligingness}] 




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