toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

deference
used in Oliver Twist

5 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
  • 'My dear,' said Mr. Sowerberry, deferentially, 'this is the boy from the workhouse that I told you of.'
    Chapter 4 -- Oliver, Being Offered Another Place, Makes His First…. (83% in)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry—the shop being shut up—were taking their supper in the little back-parlour, when Mr. Sowerberry, after several deferential glances at his wife, said, 'My dear—'
    Chapter 5 -- Oliver Mingles with New Associates. Going to a Funeral…. (32% in)
  • Oliver thought the old gentleman must be a decided miser to live in such a dirty place, with so many watches; but, thinking that perhaps his fondness for the Dodger and the other boys, cost him a good deal of money, he only cast a deferential look at the Jew, and asked if he might get up.
    Chapter 9 -- Containing Further Particulars Concerning the Pleansant…. (43% in)
  • Mr. Bumble stopped not to converse with the small shopkeepers and others who spoke to him, deferentially, as he passed along.
    Chapter 17 -- Oliver's Destiny Continuing Unpropitious, Brings a Great…. (16% in)
  • Mr. Chitling was older in years than the Dodger: having perhaps numbered eighteen winters; but there was a degree of deference in his deportment towards that young gentleman which seemed to indicate that he felt himself conscious of a slight inferiority in point of genius and professional aquirements.
    Chapter 18 -- How Oliver Passed His Time in the Improving Society of…. (81% in)

There are no more uses of "deference" in Oliver Twist.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Vocabulary.com®Dictionary / synonyms — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®