obeisance \o-BAY-sans, o-BEE-\ (noun) – 1 : A movement of the body expressing deep respect or deferential courtesy, as before a superior; a bow, curtsy, or other similar gesture. 2: Deference or homage.

“Danesh demonstrated deep obeisance for Gopi’s capacity for alcoholic intake by deferentially declining to spend an evening trying to drink him under the table”.

Middle English obeisaunce, from Old French obeissance, from obeissant, present participle of obeir, to obey.