To touch one bent knee to the ground and lower one's body as an act of reverence, as when one enters a church.
Genuflect is defined as to bend at the knee, or to touch one knee to the ground, especially in a respectful or religious way.
An example of genuflect is to kneel before the tabernacle at church.
To bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor or ground, as in worship.
To be servilely respectful or deferential; grovel.
To act in a submissive or servile way.
Origin of genuflect
- 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
- From around 1620–1630 from Medieval Latin genūflectō (“I bend the knee”) equivalent to the Latin genū (“knee”) + flectō (“to bend”).