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genuflection

[jen-yoo-flek-shuh n] /ˌdʒɛn yʊˈflɛk ʃən/
noun
1.
an act of bending the knee or touching it to the ground in reverence or worship.
Also, especially British, genuflexion.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Medieval Latin genūflexiōn- (stem of genūflexiō). See genuflect, -ion
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Word Origin and History for genuflexion

genuflection

n.

early 15c., from Middle French génuflexion and directly from Late Latin genuflectionem (nominative genuflexio) "bending of the knee," noun of action from past participle stem of genuflectere "genuflect," from Latin genu "knee" (see knee (n.)) + flectere "to bend" (see flexible).

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