Such is the low, grovelling idea they generally have of Christianity.
Compare that moment of exaltation with the grovelling life of your Christians!
We have an infinity of steps to mount above our grovelling human inclinations before we can reach that sublime love.
He ended; and clung clasping our knees and grovelling at them.
"I'll get it for you," She was pushed firmly aside and a figure in a blue coat was grovelling adventurously beneath the trap.
But she still clung to his knees, grovelling on the ground before him.
Lola's success was assured; and Herr Frays, who had started by refusing to let her appear, was now full of grovelling apologies.
They were grovelling at his feet on the instant, and a driver behind me laughed.
There is every reason to believe that if he had adopted a grovelling, even a conciliatory tone, he would have been acquitted.
Not that Ratcliffe had anything to do with all this underhand and grovelling intrigue.
1590s, Shakespearian back-formation of groveling (Middle English), regarded as a present participle but really an adverb, from Old Norse grufe "prone" + obsolete adverbial suffix -ling (which survives also as the -long in headlong, sidelong); first element from Old Norse a grufu "on proneness." Perhaps related to creep. Related: Groveled; grovelled; groveling; grovelling.