Definitions for: Observance

[n] the act of observing; taking a patient look
[n] conformity with law or custom or practice etc.
[n] the act of noticing or paying attention; "he escaped the notice of the police"
[n] a formal event performed on a special occasion; "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ob*serv"ance, n. [F. observance, L. observantia.
See Observant.]
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.

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. &

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.

Synonyms: ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, honoring, notice, observation, observation, watching

Antonyms: nonobservance

See Also: abidance, affair, attending, attention, circumstance, commemoration, compliance, conformation, conformity, dedication, exercise, fire walking, formalities, formality, function, funeral, induction, initiation, installation, look, looking, looking at, Maundy, memorialisation, memorialization, military ceremony, mind, monitoring, nuptials, occasion, opening, pageant, pageantry, punctilio, remark, sighting, social function, social occasion, stargazing, wedding, wedding ceremony

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