genuflect

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From around 1620–1630 from Medieval Latin genūflectō (I bend the knee) equivalent to the Latin genū (knee) + flectō (to bend).

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genuflect (third-person singular simple present genuflects, present participle genuflecting, simple past and past participle genuflected)

  1. (intransitive) To bend the knee, as in servitude or worship
  2. (intransitive) To behave in a servile manner; to grovel.

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