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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.
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beg on bended knee to ask someone for something very seriously
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(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.
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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
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[ˈbɛndɪd] adj
to beg sb on bended knee → supplier qn à genoux
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The sol- diers were bended and stooped like sprinters be- fore a signal.
But neither could she doubt the righteousness of the prayer that was being read on bended knees.
At his heels, on stringy bended legs, supporting herself with knuckles to the ground on either side, walked an old female of the Tree People, his latest wife.
Now she tiptoed forward and laid her hand lightly upon his bended shoulders.
I wouldn't marry you if you went down on your bended knees to me."
Sire, we supplicate you, with clasped hands and bended knees, as a divinity is supplicated!
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.
Thou askest me that -- and thus I answer thee -- Thus on my bended knee I answer thee.(kneeling.) Sweet Lalage, I love thee -- love thee -- love thee; Thro' good and ill -- thro' weal and wo I love thee.
The harpoon, said Ahab, half way rising, and draggingly leaning on one bended arm -- is it safe?
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.
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.