One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Obedience, compliance; deference to superiors, obsequiousness.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin mōrigerātiōn-, mōrigerātiō compliance, in post-classical Latin also character from mōrigerāt-, past participial stem of mōrigerārī + -iō. With evil morigeration compare post-classical Latin mala morigeratio; compare also morigerate.
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