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observance

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Definition conformity with law or custom or practice

or:

taking part in a ritual — such as celebrating a holiday

Much more rarely, observance can be used in place of observation (to watch patiently).
  • And so he did all the observance of the service himself, both the dirige, and on the morn he sang mass.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur
  • Fremen mark the observance according to the ninth meridian-crossing cycle of the first moon.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • And so he did all the observance of the service himself, both the dirige, and on the morn he sang mass.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II
  • He spoke in the name of something sacred and precious—the observance of a magnificent form.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Each soul was rated upon a basis often as regards its goodness, its diligence in religious observance, and its importance to its family group.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Religion and its observances had made Felton a man inaccessible to ordinary seductions.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Where was piety and observance?
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • He spoke in the name of something sacred and precious—the observance of a magnificent form.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Mostly a lot of riffraff turned up, however, in observance of his troubles, which were by then public and had been for some time.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Their only interest is in a new one-way international law, which lacks mutuality in its observance and therefore becomes an instrument of oppression.
    Franklin  Delano  Roosevelt  --  The Four Freedoms
  • As her release date neared, Vanessa got increasingly anxious, with a decided uptick in religious observance.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • If I do sweat, they are the drops of thy lovers, and they weep for thy death: therefore rouse up fear and trembling, and do observance to my mercy.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • I have never attended a Blood-oath Celebration and it is the most important of our observances.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Nor will there ever be wanting to a prince legitimate reasons to excuse this non-observance.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Rather, it required—in addition to belief in the gods— observance of rites, prayers, and the offering of sacrifices.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • Are there no other tokens Between you 'greed concerning her observance?
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • This was an observance the authorities considered mandatory.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • They waited for her to rejoice in kind, on cue, with due observance of the protocols.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • With governmental offices due to close at noon for the Good Friday observance, there's little time to spare.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • It is as easy to count atomies as to resolve the propositions of a lover:—but take a taste of my finding him, and relish it with good observance.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It

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