- an act of bending the knee or touching it to the ground in reverence or worship.
Also especially British, gen·u·flex·ion.
Origin of genuflection
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Related Wordsobeisance, bending, kowtow, nod, arch, curve, curvature, turn, arc, bend, salaam, bob, angle, curtsy, round, inclination, turning, flection, flexure
Examples from the Web for genuflection
Ixtlilxochitli made a second genuflection, and resumed his way.The Harlequin Opal, Vol. 2 (of 3)
It would seem that such a genuflection must be, of necessity, ridiculous.
The porter greeted each sovereign with a genuflection, the lowest being the twelfth.The Carpet from Bagdad
A bend of the body and a genuflection were the appropriate answer of the Ethiopian to these observations.The Talisman
Sir Walter Scott
Whereupon the pony went down on its knees in the sawdust in a genuflection to the man with the whip.Michael, Brother of Jerry
Word Origin and History for genuflection
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