genuflection

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genuflection (countable and uncountable, plural genuflections)

  1. the act of genuflecting
    • 1820, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Oedipus Tyrannus; Or, Swellfoot The Tyrant: A Tragedy in Two Acts:
      Those impious Pigs,
      Who, by frequent squeaks, have dared impugn
      The settled Swellfoot system, or to make
      Irreverent mockery of the genuflexions
      Inculcated by the arch-priest, have been whipt
      Into a loyal and an orthodox whine.

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