Reference > Roget’s > International Thesaurus > 743. Obedience.
Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (II) Intersocial Volition
Section I. General Intersocial Volition
743. Obedience.
NOUN:OBEDIENCE; observance [See Observance]; compliance; submission [See Submission]; subjection [See Subjection]; nonresistance; passiveness, passivity, resignation.
  ALLEGIANCE, loyalty, fealty, homage, deference, devotion; constancy, fidelity.
  SUBMISSIVENESS, submissness [obs.]; ductility (softness) [See Softness]; obsequiousness (servility) [See Servility].
VERB:BE OBEDIENT &c. adj.; obey, bear obedience to; submit [See Submission]; comply, answer the helm, come at one’s call; do one’s bidding, do what one is told, do suit and service; attend to orders; serve -faithfully, - loyally, - devotedly, - without question; give -loyal, - devoted- service; be resigned to, be submissive to.
  follow, - the lead of, - to the world’s end; serve [See Servant]; play second fiddle.
ADJECTIVE:OBEDIENT, law-abiding, complying, compliant; loyal, faithful, devoted; at one’s -call, - command, - orders, - beck and call; under beck and call, under control.
  restrainable; resigned, passive; submissive [See Submission]; henpecked; pliant (soft) [See Softness].
  unresisted, unresisting.
ADVERB:OBEDIENTLY &c. adj.; as you please, if you please; in compliance with, in obedience to; at your -command, - orders, - service.
  1. To hear is to obey.
  2. Theirs not to make reply, theirs not to reason why.—Tennyson
  3. Obedience, bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth.—Shelley
  4. Obedience is the mother of success.—Æschylus
  5. And art made tonguetied by authority.—Shakespeare



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