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genuflect
used in The Bluest Eye

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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)
  • Black boys didn't trip her in the halls; white boys didn't stone her, white girls didn't suck their teeth when she was assigned to be their work partners; black girls stepped aside when she wanted to use the sink in the girls' toilet, and their eyes genuflected under sliding lids.
    3 — Winter (5% in)

There are no more uses of "genuflect" in The Bluest Eye.

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