Part of speech: noun

Respectful yielding; respect; regard.

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Usage examples "deference":

  1. The landlord of the Jungfrau treated them with the utmost consideration, and amused Kennedy by paying him as much deference as if he had been Tell or Arnold himself. - "Julian Home", Dean Frederic W. Farrar.
  2. If you by any prejudice, by any weakness, by any deference to superstition or authority, give an innocent fellow- creature to the tomb, it had been better for you that you had never been born! - "The Queen Against Owen", Allen Upward.
  3. The principal personage, and to whom all the rest paid much deference, was a tall athletic man of about forty. - "The Bible in Spain", George Borrow.