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intr.v. gen·u·flect·ed, gen·u·flect·ing, gen·u·flects
1. To bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor or ground, as in worship.
2. To be servilely respectful or deferential; grovel.

[Late Latin genūflectere : Latin genū, knee; see genu- in Indo-European roots + Latin flectere, to bend.]

gen′u·flec′tion (-flĕk′shən) n.

genuflection, genuflexion

kneeling or bending the knee, especially in worship or reverence.
See also: Allegiance
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.genuflection - the act of bending the knees in worship or reverencegenuflection - the act of bending the knees in worship or reverence
bowing, obeisance, bow - bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting


An inclination of the head or body, as in greeting, consent, courtesy, submission, or worship:


genuflexion (US) [dʒenjʊˈflekʃən] Ngenuflexión f


, genuflexion
n (Rel) → Kniebeuge f
References in classic literature ?
Whereupon the pony went down on its knees in the sawdust in a genuflection to the man with the whip.
Having thus spoken, he crossed himself again and again, and after many genuflections and muttered prayers, he delivered the reliquary to Brother Ambrose, his attendant monk, while he himself swept up with less ceremony, but perhaps with no less internal satisfaction, the golden chain, and bestowed it in a pouch lined with perfumed leather, which opened under his arm.
The personage, but little reassured, and trembling in every limb, advanced to the edge of the marble table with a vast amount of bows, which, in proportion as he drew nearer, more and more resembled genuflections.
Newman watched their genuflections and gyrations with a grim, still enmity; they seemed aids and abettors of Madame de Cintre's desertion; they were mouthing and droning out their triumph.
However, many people will suspect that this genuflection towards northeastern sensitivities is no more than an expedient tactical manoeuvre.
These women who seek to break the silence must contend with a widespread sense of shame on the part of those assaulted but, having embarked on the path of resistance, they must dismiss such genuflection before traditional prejudice.
This unremitting squeamishness and proclivity to aesthetics finds expression in several other ways, including the seemingly mundane celebration of a well appointed window linen as it flutters in the wind; the unapologetic genuflection before some spectacular display of engineering wizardry as can be seen in the wondrously designed network of roads that he is putting across the nooks and crannies of the state; as well as in the development of a masterplan for the establishment of a modern, functional, suitably integrated and sustainably built environment for Oyo State.
At the time a Westminster source said the Queen "does not want a constitutional crisis" by insisting on his genuflection, adding that the Queen accepts that "Jeremy's republicanism is well known".
The routine genuflection to presidential authority--the omnipresent military salutes, the repeated refrains of "Hail to the Chief," the ubiquitous sycophancy--is pervasive.
A channel that boasts of the largest viewership among all the news channels and has an anchor before whom the interviewee supposedly trembles continued the genuflection trend by putting out an interview with Modi that will always standout as an example of unalloyed puff.
A simple genuflection or two wouldn't be inappropriate either.
lava, alive in the pulse of it, the gyre and genuflection of it.