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- Great respect
- "The children treated their elders with deference"
- The willingness to carry out the wishes of others
- "By tidying his room, he showed deference to his mother"
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Def"er*ence (?), n. [F.
déférence. See 3d Defer.] A yielding
of judgment or preference from respect to the wishes or opinion of
another; submission in opinion; regard; respect;
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.
Syn. -- Deference, Reverence, Respect.
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.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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