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Date: 1800-1900
Language: Late Latin
Origin: genuflectere, from Latin genu 'knee' + flectere 'to bend'

genuflect

verb
     
Related topics: Christianity
gen‧u‧flect [intransitive] formal
1RRC to bend one or both knees when in church or a holy place as a sign of respect
2 to show too much respect towards someone or something - used to show disapproval [= kowtow]
genuflect to
He was a man of principle, refusing to genuflect to the party leadership.
genuflection noun [uncountable and countable]

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