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obeisance

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Continuing the discussion from The Godmakers:

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/obeisance

obeisance ( countable and uncountable , plural obeisances )

  1. Demonstration of an obedient attitude, especially by bowing deeply; a deep bow which demonstrates such an attitude. quotations ▼
  2. An obedient attitude.

This was used again, later in the book I read it. Even the shape of this word annoys me.