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)
They refrained from genuflecting to the laws of political economy. V to n, Also V prep
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