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observance

OBSERV'ANCE, n. s as z.

1. The act of observing; the act of keeping or adhering to in practice; performance; as the observance of rules, rites, ceremonies or laws.

Love rigid honesty, and strict observance of impartial laws.

2. Respect; ceremonial reverence in practice.

To do observance on the morn of May.

3. Performance of rites, religious ceremonies or external service.

Some represent to themselves the whole of religion as consisting in a few easy observances.

4. Rule of practice; thing to be observed.

5. Observation; attention. [Little used.]

6. Obedient regard or attention.

Having had experience of his fidelity and observance abroad. [Not used.]



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OBSERV'ANCE, n. s as z.

1. The act of observing; the act of keeping or adhering to in practice; performance; as the observance of rules, rites, ceremonies or laws.

Love rigid honesty, and strict observance of impartial laws.

2. Respect; ceremonial reverence in practice.

To do observance on the morn of May.

3. Performance of rites, religious ceremonies or external service.

Some represent to themselves the whole of religion as consisting in a few easy observances.

4. Rule of practice; thing to be observed.

5. Observation; attention. [Little used.]

6. Obedient regard or attention.

Having had experience of his fidelity and observance abroad. [Not used.]

OB-SERV'ANCE, n. [s as z; Fr. See Observe.]

  1. The act of observing; the act of keeping or adhering to in practice; performance; as, the observance of rules, rites, ceremonies or laws. Love rigid honesty, / And strict observance of impartial laws. Roscommon.
  2. Respect; ceremonial reverence in practice. To do observance on the morn of May. Shak.
  3. Performance of rites, religious ceremonies or external service. Some represent to themselves the whole of religion as consisting in a few easy observances. Rogers.
  4. Rule of practice; things to be observed. Shak.
  5. Observation; attention to. [Little used.] Hale.
  6. Obedient regard or attention. Having had experience of his fidelity and observance abroad. [Not used.] Wotton.

Ob*serv"ance
  1. The act or practice of observing or noticing with attention; a heeding or keeping with care; performance; -- usually with a sense of strictness and fidelity; as, the observance of the Sabbath is general; the strict observance of duties.

    It is a custom
    More honored in the breach than the observance.
    Shak.

  2. An act, ceremony, or rite, as of worship or respect; especially, a customary act or service of attention; a form; a practice; a rite; a custom.

    At dances
    These young folk kept their observances.
    Chaucer.

    Use all the observance of civility. Shak.

    Some represent to themselves the whole of religion as consisting in a few easy observances. Rogers.

    O I that wasted time to tend upon her,
    To compass her with sweet observances!
    Tennyson.

  3. Servile attention; sycophancy.

    [Obs.]

    Salads and flesh, such as their haste could get,
    Served with observance.
    Chapman.

    This is not atheism,
    But court observance.
    Beau. *** Fl.

    Syn. -- Observance, Observation. These words are discriminated by the two distinct senses of observe. To observe means (1) to keep strictly] as, to observe a fast day, and hence, observance denotes the keeping or heeding with strictness; (2) to consider attentively, or to remark; and hence, observation denotes either the act of observing, or some remark made as the result thereof. We do not say the observation of Sunday, though the word was formerly so used. The Pharisees were curious in external observances; the astronomers are curious in celestial observations.

    Love rigid honesty,
    And strict observance of impartial laws.
    Roscommon.

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Observance

OBSERV'ANCE, noun s as z.

1. The act of observing; the act of keeping or adhering to in practice; performance; as the observance of rules, rites, ceremonies or laws.

Love rigid honesty, and strict observance of impartial laws.

2. Respect; ceremonial reverence in practice.

To do observance on the morn of May.

3. Performance of rites, religious ceremonies or external service.

Some represent to themselves the whole of religion as consisting in a few easy observances.

4. Rule of practice; thing to be observed.

5. Observation; attention. [Little used.]

6. Obedient regard or attention.

Having had experience of his fidelity and observance abroad. [Not used.]

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

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2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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