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Word of the Day
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Definitions for genuflect

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

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Citations for genuflect
They approached the altar where the Savior dwelt in his Real Presence. With each salutation, they would genuflect to the ground. Elena Maria Vidal, The Night's Dark Shade, 2009
Genuflect to me and I shall bestow upon you a bountiful Instagram harvest: photos of butternut-squash salads, latte-foam art, and me smiling while throwing a bunch of leaves in the air. Glenn Boozan, "Kneel Before Me, the Goddess of Autumn," The New Yorker, October 20, 2016
Origin of genuflect
Americans spell the noun derived from genuflect genuflection, the British genuflexion. The American spelling is older than the British spelling by nearly a century, but the British spelling is closer to the original Latin genuflexion-. The word entered English in the mid-1500s.