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polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
  • he listened to her with a sombre deference in which she found much to admire.
    Chapter 15 (**% in)
deference = politely respectful

(editor's note:  today we spell sombre as somber)
  • Morris Townsend received this statement with a smile that was not wholly devoid of deference.
    Chapter 12 (22% in)
  • She was always her father's docile and reasonable associate—going through their sight-seeing in deferential silence, never complaining of fatigue, always ready to start at the hour he had appointed over-night, making no foolish criticisms and indulging in no refinements of appreciation.
    Chapter 24 (5% in)
  • This was the light in which she had come to regard Morris, who had conciliated her at first, and made his impression by his delicate and calculated deference—a sort of exhibition to which Mrs. Penniman was particularly sensitive.
    Chapter 27 (93% in)
  • He had largely abated his deference afterwards, for he economised his resources, but the impression was made, and the young man's very brutality came to have a sort of filial value.
    Chapter 27 (95% in)
  • He stood in a deeply deferential attitude, with his eyes on her face.
    Chapter 35 (39% in)

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