genuflection

[jen-yoo-flek-shuhn]
noun
an act of bending the knee or touching it to the ground in reverence or worship.
Also, especially British, genuflexion.


Origin:
1520–30; < Medieval Latin genūflexiōn- (stem of genūflexiō). See genuflect, -ion

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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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genuflection
1526, from L.L. genuflectionem (nom. genuflexio), from stem of genuflectere "genuflect," from L. genu "knee" (cf. Skt. janu, Gk. gonu, Goth. kniu, O.E. cneo) + flectere "to bend."
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Some basketball players, because of their height and a certain hauteur, seem to demand genuflection.
They bless everything and everyone with the little flick quotation marks, that rabbit-ear genuflection of cool, ironic sterility.
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