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genuflect

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Definition to demonstrate respect by bending one or both knees to the ground

or:

to grovel (show excessive deference or servile respect)
  • She is so respected, her colleagues nearly genuflect in her presence.
  • She genuflected and made the sign of the cross as she entered the church.
  • Muslim's genuflect towards Mecca when praying.
  • Every time I stepped into his office, I felt the need to genuflect.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Genuflection before the idol or before money wastes away the muscles which walk and the will which advances.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • But it was more like genuflecting in her presence.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Incredibly, she genuflected after doing this.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • The line moved past the water fonts where we wet our fingers and genuflected as we made the sign of the cross.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • You may save your genuflecting for later.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • A Revival Meeting at Solar Rheims... hundreds of chanting, genuflecting devotees participating in a kind of hopped-up Midsummer Morn festival.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • It was a kind of genuflection.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • I had almost genuflected from old habit.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Every ghost is holy, he supposed, but you'll have to point one out to me before I genuflect.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Standing now, he faced the altar and genuflected three times.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "For this is my body, which will be given up for you," I said aloud, then genuflected and lifted the host.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The Pilgrim acknowledged her claim to it by a low genuflection.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The Bikura nodded in unison and-as if from long practice as altar boys-all went to one knee, robes rustling softly, in a perfect genuflection.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • She genuflected before the altar, then knelt at the rail.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • "I shall practice my genuflecting whilst you are away," I respond.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • The old man awkwardly, only partially, genuflected in front of the holy cross and knelt down in the first seat of the sixth row from the altar, his eyes on his watch.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum

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