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genuflect

  
  ( genuflects    3rd person present)   ( genuflecting    present participle)   ( genuflected    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you genuflect, you bend one or both knees and bow, especially in church, as a sign of respect.  
FORMAL   He genuflected in front of the altar.      V  
2       verb   You can say that someone is genuflectingto something when they are giving it a great deal of attention and respect, especially if you think it does not deserve this.     (mainly JOURNALISM, disapproval)   (=bow down)  
They refrained from genuflecting to the laws of political economy.      V to n, Also V prep  
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gentle, genuine, genus, genuinely

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