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OBSERVATION, OBSERVANCE

Observation contains the idea of "looking at"; observance, of "keeping," "celebrating." "We speak of the observation of a fact, of a star; of the observance of a festival, of a rule."

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Observation — observance. The former implies watchfulness, or a comment on something watched; the latter implies a ceremonial act or the adherence to rule; as, "We were interested in the observation of the planet," "In New Hampshire we saw the observance of Easter," "He was strict in the observance of the rule."


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