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homage

noun allegiance, attention, compliance, constancy, court, cultus, deference, devotion, esteem, estimation, exaltation, faithfulness, fidelity, glorification, high regard, honor, humility, loyalty, obedience, obeisance, regard, respect, service, servility, servitude, subjection, submission, submissiveness, subservience, veneration, verecundia
See also: adherence, adhesion, allegiance, devotion, estimation, fealty, fidelity, honor, loyalty, mention, remembrance, respect

homage

see FEUDAL SYSTEM.

HOMAGE, Eng. law. An acknowledgment made by the vassal in the presence of his lord, that he is his man, that is, his subject or vassal. The form in law French was, Jeo deveigne vostre home.
     2. Homage was liege and feudal. The former was paid to the king, the latter to the lord. Liege, was borrowed from the French, as Thaumas informs us, and seems to have meant a service that was personal and inevitable. Houard, Cout. Anglo Norman, tom. 1, p. 511; Beames; Glanville, 215, 216, 218, notes.

References in classic literature ?
Germain; doubtless with the feeling that fashion is a homage to men of his stamp.
We imperatively require a perception of, and a homage to beauty in our companions.
Let the creed and commandments even have the saucy homage of parody.
23 gala, dubbed "One World," showcased dance traditions from countries that included India, Brazil, Ireland, Japan, and China, as well as homages to ethnic traditions performed by dancers from American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, and Luna Negra Dance Theater.
This is the Beat route to beatitude, and it has its special force in the homages to both Coran and Johns--gay men's passions were just about as inexpressible as the black man's were invisible (recall that Flavin's inspiration for the light works came from Ralph Ellison's 1952 novel, Invisible Man, with its protagonist's hidden installation of 1,369 lights).
This was brought to mind last week by back-to-back homages.