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deference
used in The Magic Mountain

8 uses
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Definition
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
  • One absolutely doesn't know what sort of face to put on, because for someone who's ill one wants to express a certain seriousness and deference, doesn't one?
    4.1 - A Necessary Purchase (47% in)
  • Hans Castorp was neither a genius nor an idiot, and if we refrain from applying the word "mediocre" to him, we do so for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with his intelligence and little or nothing to do with his prosaic personality, but rather out of deference to his fate, to which we are inclined to attribute a more general significance.
    2.2 - At the Tienappels' / Hans Castorp's Moral State (39% in)
  • '—You will always find me ready to provide you with an answer, my good engineer," he said with a bow and a deferential downward sweep of his hand, "particularly when your objections show some wit.
    5.5 - Encyclopedia (86% in)
  • Suddenly, however, he looked beyond and behind him, into the distance, and in a flash that smile of courteous, brotherly deference common to them all vanished from his beautiful, finely chiseled, almost childlike face, and, without so much as a frown, it took on a grave expression, an inscrutable blank look of deathlike reserve, as if it were made of stone— which hardly reassured Hans Castorp and sent a shiver of fear over him, tinged with a vague premonition as to what it might mean.
    6.7 - Snow (83% in)
  • He did not, we repeat, let it alter his honestly deferential, if at times slightly brash sympathy for a man of suture—simply because that man shared traveling expenses with a lady from whom Hans Castorp had borrowed a pencil on Mardi Gras evening.
    7.4 - Mynheer Peeperkorn (Continued) (2% in)
  • Even your admiration, your deference is impertinent somehow.
    7.4 - Mynheer Peeperkorn (Continued) (56% in)
  • "All due deference to your philosophizing, my little German Hans," she said, passing her hand through his hair, "but I would not consider it humane to speak to you about my love for him."
    7.4 - Mynheer Peeperkorn (Continued) (61% in)
  • ...had left it to Uncle James to make a fool of himself there; but in the long run, he had been unable to elude apoplexy; and one day news of his passing, in the form of a brief but delicately considerate telegram (delicate and considerate more in deference to the departed than to the receiver of the message), had reached Hans Castorp as he lay in his splendid lounge chair, whereupon he had purchased black-bordered stationery and written to his uncles or quasi cousins that having been...
    7.10 - The Thunderbolt (18% in)

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