genuflect VERB lower one's body briefly by bending one knee to the ground in worship or as a sign of respect.
DERIVATIVES genuflection noun.
ORIGIN Latin genuflectere, from genu 'knee' + flectere 'to bend' .

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  • genuflection — gen u*flec tion, genuflexion gen u*flex ion, n. [F. g[ e]nuflexion, fr. LL. genuflexio, fr. L. genu knee + flexio a bending, fr. flectere, flexum, to bend. See {Knee}, {Flexible}.] The act of bending the knee, particularly in worship or reverence …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • genuflection — index prostration Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • genuflection — early 15c., from M.Fr. génuflexion and directly from L.L. genuflectionem (nom. genuflexio) bending of the knee, noun of action from pp. stem of genuflectere genuflect, from L. genu knee (see KNEE (Cf. knee)) + flectere to bend …   Etymology dictionary

  • genuflection — meaning ‘a bending of the knee’, is the preferred spelling, although genuflexion is also in use …   Modern English usage

  • Genuflection — 1909 drawing of Hermod genuflecting before Hela, from Norse mythology …   Wikipedia

  • genuflection — noun see genuflect …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • genuflection — /jen yoo flek sheuhn/, n. an act of bending the knee or touching it to the ground in reverence or worship. Also, esp. Brit., genuflexion. [1520 30; < ML genuflexion (s. of genuflexio). See GENUFLECT, ION] * * * …   Universalium

  • genuflection — noun the act of genuflecting …   Wiktionary

  • genuflection — Synonyms and related words: bend, bending the knee, bob, bow, bowing and scraping, crouch, curtsy, dipping the colors, duck, homage, inclination, kneeling, kowtow, making a leg, nod, obeisance, obsequiousness, presenting arms, prostration,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • genuflection — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun An inclination of the head or body, as in greeting, consent, courtesy, submission, or worship: bow1, curtsy, kowtow, nod, obeisance. See COURTESY …   English dictionary for students

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