genuflect

[jen-yoo-flekt]
verb (used without object)
1.
to bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor in reverence or worship.
2.
to express a servile attitude.

Origin:
1620–30; < Medieval Latin genūflectere to bend the knee, equivalent to Latin genū-, stem of genu knee + flectere to bend

genuflector, noun
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genuflect (ˈdʒɛnjʊˌflɛkt)
 
vb
1.  to act in a servile or deferential manner
2.  RC Church to bend one or both knees as a sign of reverence, esp when passing before the Blessed Sacrament
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin genūflectere, from Latin genu knee + flectere to bend]
 
genu'flection
 
n
 
genu'flexion
 
n
 
'genuflector
 
n

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Example sentences
Homeowners who genuflect to the deduction should probably be giving their thanks to mortgage bankers instead.
We can no longer afford to genuflect at the green altar.
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