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used in Native Son

3 uses
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polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
  • doffed his cap, bowed low and spoke with mock deference: "Yessuh."
    Book One - Fear (15% in)
deference = polite respect
  • He knew that whites thought that all Negroes yearned for white women, therefore he wanted to show a certain fearful deference even when one's name was mentioned in his presence.
    Book Two - Flight (55% in)
  • Still another psychological deterrent can be attained by conditioning Negroes so that they have to pay deference to the white person with whom they come in contact.
    Book Three - Fate (6% in)

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