Genuflect meaning

jĕn'yə-flĕkt'
To touch one bent knee to the ground and lower one's body as an act of reverence, as when one enters a church.
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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.

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To bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor or ground, as in worship.
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To be servilely respectful or deferential; grovel.
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To act in a submissive or servile way.
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(intransitive) To bend the knee, as in servitude or worship.
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(intransitive) To behave in a servile manner; to grovel.
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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”).
    From Wiktionary