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v. Archaic
A past participle of bend1.
on bended knee
On one's knee or knees, as in supplication or submission.


beg on bended knee to ask someone for something very seriously


(ˈbɛn dɪd)

Archaic. pt. of bend 1.
on bended knee(s),
a. kneeling on the knee or knees.
b. with great urgency or intense emotion: to beg for help on bended knee.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bended - used of the back and kneesbended - used of the back and knees; stooped; "on bended knee"; "with bent (or bended) back"
unerect - not upright in position or posture


[ˈbɛndɪd] adj
to beg sb on bended knee → supplier qn à genoux
References in classic literature ?
Black Letter tells me that Sir Martin Frobisher on his return from that voyage, when Queen Bess did gallantly wave her jewelled hand to him from a window of Greenwich Palace, as his bold ship sailed down the Thames; when Sir Martin returned from that voyage, saith Black Letter, on bended knees he presented to her highness a prodigious long horn of the Narwhale, which for a long period after hung in the castle at Windsor.
The harpoon, said Ahab, half way rising, and draggingly leaning on one bended arm -- is it safe?
So saying, a noble stroke he lifted high, Which hung not, but so swift with tempest fell On the proud Crest of SATAN, that no sight, Nor motion of swift thought, less could his Shield Such ruin intercept: ten paces huge He back recoild; the tenth on bended knee His massie Spear upstaid; as if on Earth Winds under ground or waters forcing way Sidelong, had push't a Mountain from his seat Half sunk with all his Pines.
Hubert, who, as victor in the first trial of skill, had the right to shoot first, took his aim with great deliberation, long measuring the distance with his eye, while he held in his hand his bended bow, with the arrow placed on the string.
Teresa alone ruled by a look, a word, a gesture, this impetuous character, which yielded beneath the hand of a woman, and which beneath the hand of a man might have broken, but could never have been bended.
The sol- diers were bended and stooped like sprinters be- fore a signal.
At one moment reclining sideways upon the mat, and leaning calmly upon his bended arm, he related circumstantially the aggressions of the French--their hostile visits to the surrounding bays, enumerating each one in succession--Happar, Puerka, Nukuheva, Tior,--and then starting to his feet and precipitating himself forward with clenched hands and a countenance distorted with passion, he poured out a tide of invectives.
I'll set twenty fiends to torment him till he offer thee his daughter on his bended knees
Thou askest me that -- and thus I answer thee -- Thus on my bended knee I answer thee.
So he broke into the 'Tivity Hymm, just as at Christmas carol-singing; when, lo and behold, down went the bull on his bended knees, in his ignorance, just as if
His favorites and the women kept on bended knees during this solemn visit.
I wouldn't marry you if you went down on your bended knees to me.