[ jen-yoo-flekt ]
/ ˈdʒɛn yʊˌflɛkt /

verb (used without object)

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


Nearby words

  1. genu valgum,
  2. genu varum,
  3. genua,
  4. genual,
  5. genucubital position,
  6. genuflection,
  7. genuine,
  8. genupectoral position,
  9. genus,
  10. genève

Origin of genuflect

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

Related formsgen·u·flec·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formsgenuflection 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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Word Origin and History for genuflect



1620s, back-formation from genuflection. Related: Genuflected; genuflecting.

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