Definition of Genuflect

1. Verb. Bend the knees and bow in church or before a religious superior or image.

Generic synonyms: Bow
Derivative terms: Genuflection, Genuflexion



2. Verb. Bend the knees and bow in a servile manner.
Exact synonyms: Kowtow, Scrape
Generic synonyms: Bow
Derivative terms: Genuflection, Genuflexion, Kowtow, Scrape, Scraping

Definition of Genuflect

1. v. i. To bend the knee, as in worship.

Definition of Genuflect

1. Verb. (intransitive) To bend the knee, as in servitude or worship ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To behave in a servile manner; to grovel. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Genuflect

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Genuflect

genu
genu capsulae internae
genu corporis callosi
genu nervi facialis
genu of corpus callosum
genu of facial canal
genu of facial nerve
genu of internal capsule
genu recurvatum
genu valgum
genu valgums
genu varum
genua
genual
genucubital position
genuflect (current term)
genuflected
genuflecting
genuflection
genuflections
genuflective
genuflects
genuflexion
genuflexions
genuine
genuine fake
genuine fakes
genuine issue of material fact
genuine issues of material fact
genuinely

Literary usage of Genuflect

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"(2) All genuflect (bending the right knee only) when doing reverence to the ... Mass-servers are not to genuflect, save when the Blessed Sacrament is at the ..."

2. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"The priest repeatedly genuflect! at Mass. Cai A. Dici., Genuflexion. His large obeisance put« to shame The proudest genuflecting dame Whose Easter bonnet ..."

3. Notes on the rubrics of the Roman Ritual. [With] by James O'Kane (1867)
"According to the " Manuel"' the second two genuflect at the same time with the first two, and are thus ready to ascend at once as the others descend. ..."

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