[ jen-yoo-flekt ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor in reverence or worship.

  2. to express a servile attitude.

Origin of genuflect

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

Other words from genuflect

  • gen·u·flec·tor, noun

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How to use genuflect in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for genuflect


/ (ˈdʒɛnjʊˌflɛkt) /

  1. to act in a servile or deferential manner

  2. RC Church to bend one or both knees as a sign of reverence, esp when passing before the Blessed Sacrament

Origin of genuflect

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

Derived forms of genuflect

  • genuflection or esp British genuflexion, noun
  • genuflector, noun

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