What does the word deference mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by George Borrow