[ jen-yoo-flek-shuh n ]
/ ˌdʒɛn yʊˈflɛk ʃən /


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

First recorded in 1520–30, genuflection is from the Medieval Latin word genūflexiōn- (stem of genūflexiō). See genuflect, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for genuflection



early 15c., from Middle French génuflexion and directly from Late Latin genuflectionem (nominative genuflexio) "bending of the knee," noun of action from past participle stem of genuflectere "genuflect," from Latin genu "knee" (see knee (n.)) + flectere "to bend" (see flexible).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper