[ jen-yoo-flekt ]
/ ˈdʒɛn yʊˌflɛkt /
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verb (used without object)

to bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor in reverence or worship.
to express a servile attitude.



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Origin of genuflect

1620–30; <Medieval Latin genūflectere to bend the knee, equivalent to Latin genū-, stem of genuknee + flectere to bend


gen·u·flec·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for genuflect

/ (ˈdʒɛnjʊˌflɛkt) /

verb (intr)

to act in a servile or deferential manner
RC Church to bend one or both knees as a sign of reverence, esp when passing before the Blessed Sacrament

Derived forms of genuflect

genuflection or esp British genuflexion, noungenuflector, noun

Word Origin for genuflect

C17: from Medieval Latin genūflectere, from Latin genu knee + flectere to bend
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