- to bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor in reverence or worship.
- to express a servile attitude.
Origin of genuflect
Examples from the Web for genuflect
Contemporary Examples of genuflect
But the essential instinct to genuflect to the ultra-rich is intact.Michael Tomasky: Weak Man Romney Running for President
January 7, 2012
Yet when it is one of the anointed ratings agencies, there is this sudden need to genuflect.S&P Goes Tea Party
August 6, 2011
Their mask of brain rot allows them to genuflect in the face of ignorance.A Great Black Actor Goes Loco
April 10, 2009
Historical Examples of genuflect
It hurt Sophia just to watch her struggle to genuflect before the cardinal.The Saracen: The Holy War
If it is a Roman Catholic wedding they genuflect as they reach the chancel.The Complete Bachelor
It was well for the people to know when to kneel, when to bow the head, and when to genuflect.Robert Annys: Poor Priest
Annie Nathan Meyer
Should we not, when we enter the church, genuflect, bend the knee in His honor?Mary, Help of Christians
"It's customary to genuflect when you enter the Viceroy's presence," said the standing one at last.Upstarts
L. J. Stecher
- 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
Word Origin for genuflect
1620s, back-formation from genuflection. Related: Genuflected; genuflecting.