|Origin:||genuflectere, from Latin genu 'knee' + flectere 'to bend'|
gen‧u‧flect [intransitive] formal
to bend one or both knees when in church or a holy place as a sign of respect
to show too much respect towards someone or something - used to show disapproval [= kowtow]
He was a man of principle, refusing to genuflect to the party leadership.
—genuflection noun [uncountable and countable]