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Friday, July 07, 2006

Definitions for genuflect

  1. To bend the knee or touch one knee to the ground, as in worship.
  2. To be servilely respectful or obedient; to grovel.

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Citations for genuflect
After graduation I talked my way into a job at Ionic Development Corporation, a legendary place in Cambridge on the Charles River, a huge brick building with a lobby the size of a cathedral; every time I walked in, I felt as if I should genuflect. Daniel Lyons, Dog Days
People worship capital, adore its aura, genuflect before Porsches and Tokyo land values. Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance (translated by Alfred Birnbaum)
Origin of genuflect
1620-1630
Genuflect is from Late Latin genuflectere, from Latin genu, "knee" + flectere, "to bend."
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