genuflection


noun

  1. an act of bending the knee or touching it to the ground in reverence or worship.
n.

early 15c., from Middle French génuflexion and directly from Late Latin genuflectionem (nominative genuflexio) “bending of the knee,” noun of action from past participle stem of genuflectere “genuflect,” from Latin genu “knee” (see knee (n.)) + flectere “to bend” (see flexible).

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