deference

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deference

Pronunciation /ˈdɛf(ə)r(ə)ns/
noun
mass noun
Polite submission and respect.

Origin
Mid 17th century from French déférence, from déférer ‘refer’ (see defer).

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Yes, I’ll write you a reference.
It will be full of pretense,
Or, at best, lots of nonsense.
But in full deference,
And if you prefer,
To our boss, I’ll gladly defer.

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