Word of the Day: genuflect

gen·u·flect intransitive verb \ˈjen-yə-ˌflekt\

: to kneel on one knee and then rise again as an act of respect

: to obey someone with power in a way that is seen as weak

Full Definition of GENUFLECT

1
a: to bend the knee

b: to touch the knee to the floor or ground especially in worship

2
: to be servilely obedient or respectful
gen·u·flec·tion\ˌjen-yə-ˈflek-shən\noun

Examples of GENUFLECT

  1. They genuflected before the altar in the church.

Origin of GENUFLECT

Late Latin genuflectere, from Latin genu knee + flectere to bend — more at knee

First Known Use: 1630

Definition source: http://www.merriam-webster.com

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