- n. Plural form of deference.
“As for Tory England - that rich network of interlocking interests, social deferences and inherited institutions that Tory statecraft has successfully protected and reproduced for over a century by its skillful adaptation to democratic institutions in Britain - it is now as good as dead.”
“The intonation was cockney; it reminded him of the rich vocal deferences of Bounds.”
“Surely," she said, "it would be well for me to accustom myself, once again, to the utterance of such appropriate deferences.”
“It can be given away in many ways, by the movements of the body, by certain timidities, and deferences, dispositions to kneel, slips of the tongue, and such.”
“They practiced rituals and deferences -- a gesture, a word, a stepping aside -- with the smoothness of centuried tradition.”
“Several obliging deferences, condescensions and submissions, with many outward forms and ceremonies that accompany them, were first of all brought up among the politer part of mankind, who lived in courts and cities, and distinguished themselves from the rustick part of the species (who on all occasions acted bluntly and naturally) by such a mutual complaisance and intercourse of civilities.”
“With all due deferences, your grace, tis the idle portion of the community, your drunkards and vagabonds, who quarrel for want of something to do, and clamour about privilege because they are hungry; they impose upon the curious and the credulous, and, in order to obtain a pot of beer, excite disturbances that will bring misery upon thousands.”
“There are sentimental and traditional deferences and reverences, I know, between father and son; but that's just exactly what prevents the development of an easy friendship.”
“They could talk together plainly, baldly, a talk ungarnished and unretarded by deferences on the one side and on the other a kindness apt to become excessive in its anxiety not to appear to condescend.”
“Giving birthday presents, denotes small deferences, if given at a fête or reception.”
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