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Genuflect   Listen

(past & past part. genuflected; pres. part. genuflecting)
Bend the knees and bow in church or before a religious superior or image.
Bend the knees and bow in a servile manner.  Synonyms: kowtow, scrape.

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"Genuflect" Quotes from Famous Books

... not require a lady to genuflect before him to show her appreciation of a gentlemanly act. Mr. PUNCHINELLO, being a gentleman of the old school, and of several colleges and universities, is quite satisfied by a nod and a smile, or "Thank you." And one or the ...
— Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 16, July 16, 1870 • Various

... Fourteen* of these suspind at equal distances on the walls, each set in a painted frame; these constitute a certain species of country devotion. It is usual, on Sundays, for such of the congregation as are most inclined to piety, to genuflect at the first of these pictures, and commence a certain number of prayers to it after the repetition of which, they travel on their knees along the bare earth to the second, where they repate another prayer peculiar to that, and so on, till they finish ...
— The Ned M'Keown Stories - Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of - William Carleton, Volume Three • William Carleton

Words linked to "Genuflect" :   genuflection, scrape, genuflexion, bow

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