2017-04-17 15:39:44 UTC
"What's changed in the political relationship is Kim Jong Un's total
willingness to humiliate China, to slap it in the face, not to give China
even the ritual _obeisance_ his father did."
noun, acknowledgment of another's superiority or importance : homage
When it first appeared in English in the late 14th century, "obeisance"
shared the same meaning as "obedience." This makes sense given that
"obeisance" can be traced back to the Anglo-French verb obeir, which means
"to obey" and is also an ancestor of our word obey. The other senses of
"obeisance" also date from the 14th century, but they have stood the test
of time whereas the obedience sense is now obsolete.
Middle English obeisaunce obedience, obeisance, from Anglo-French
obeisance, from obeissant, present participle of obeir to obey
First Known Use: 14th century