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genuflect (v.)

"to bend the knee" as an act of worship or respect, 1620s, back-formation from genuflection. Related: Genuflected; genuflecting.

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Definitions of genuflect

genuflect (v.)
bend the knees and bow in church or before a religious superior or image;
genuflect (v.)
bend the knees and bow in a servile manner;
Synonyms: scrape / kowtow
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