Genuflect Definition

genuflected, genuflecting, genuflects
genuflected, genuflecting, genuflects
To touch one bent knee to the ground and lower one's body as an act of reverence, as when one enters a church.
Webster's New World
To be servilely respectful or deferential; grovel.
American Heritage
To act in a submissive or servile way.
Webster's New World

Origin of Genuflect

  • From around 1620–1630 from Medieval Latin genūflectō (“I bend the knee”) equivalent to the Latin genū (“knee”) + flectō (“to bend”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Late Latin genūflectere Latin genū knee genu-1 in Indo-European roots Latin flectere to bend

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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