American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being obedient.
- n. The act of obeying.
- n. A sphere of ecclesiastical authority.
- n. A group of people under such authority.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or habit of obeying; dutiful compliance with a command, prohibition, or known law and rule prescribed; submission to authority: as, to reduce a refractory person to obedience.
- n. Words or action expressive of reverence or dutifulness; obeisance.
- n. A collective body of those who adhere to some particular authority: as, the king's obedience; specifically, the collective body of those who adhere or yield obedience to an ecclesiastical authority: as, the Roman obedience, or the churches of the Roman obedience (that is, the aggregate of persons or of national churches acknowledging the authority of the Pope).
- n. Eccles.: A written precept or other formal instrument by which a superior in a religious order communicates to one of his dependents any special admonition or instruction.
- n. In Roman Catholic monasteries, any ecclesiastical and official position, with the estate and profits belonging to it, which is subordinate to the abbot's jurisdiction.
- n. The quality of being obedient.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of obeying, or the state of being obedient; compliance with that which is required by authority; subjection to rightful restraint or control.
- n. Words or actions denoting submission to authority; dutifulness.
- n. A following; a body of adherents.
- n. A cell (or offshoot of a larger monastery) governed by a prior.
- n. One of the three monastic vows.
- n. The written precept of a superior in a religious order or congregation to a subject.
- n. behavior intended to please your parents
- n. the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person
- n. the trait of being willing to obey
- From Anglo-Norman obedience, from Old French obedience (modern French obédience), from Latin oboedientia. (Wiktionary)
“While the parent must thus take care to establish the _principle of authority_ as the ground of obedience on the part of his children, and must not make their doing what he requires any the less acts of _obedience_, through vainly attempting to diminish the hardship of obeying a command by mingling the influence of reasonings and persuasions with it, he may in other ways do all in his power -- and that will be a great deal -- to make the acts of obedience easy, or, at least, to diminish the difficulty of them and the severity of the trial which they often bring to the child.”
Gentle Measures in the Management and Training of the Young Or, the Principles on Which a Firm Parental Authority May Be Established and Maintained, Without Violence or Anger, and the Right Development of the Moral and Mental Capacities Be Promoted by Methods in Harmony with the Structure and the Characteristics of the Juvenile Mind
“He declares that his job is to help “win obedience from the Gentiles.””
“The word obedience made me smile through my tears.”
“The word obedience comes from the Latin obedire, which means "listen to.”
“Besides the exercises it offers for developing will-power, the other factor in obedience is the capacity to perform the act it becomes necessary to obey.”
“The readiness of my obedience is the only atonement I can offer for the weakness which calls for its exertion.”
“Basic obedience is the foundation for all training.”
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“Cultural Christians love to sing the praise of disciple makers while themselves simultaneously avoiding, through the most crafty cop-outs, actually engaging in obedience to the Great Commission.”
“I yesterday waited on his Grace the Duke of Grafton in obedience to your letter of the 2nd inst.”
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