genuflection genuflection


  • (n) the act of bending the knees in worship or reverence


  1. When the service did start, it was far from the austere, silent genuflection associated with Sunni prayer.
  2. Also on the plus side: there were no apologies, no genuflection toward the official Russian point of view on NATO expansion or the missile shield.
  3. The Obama Administration's public response to the launch was a genuflection to the obvious: any thought of directly engaging Pyongyang has been set aside, at least for now.


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  • ...annoyed at Kevin Rudd's acknowledgment of "traditional" owners at a Australian Medical Association dinner in Canberra last week, Abbott told the Adelaide Advertiser the Prime Minister's action was a "kind of genuflection to political...
    on Mar 15, 2010 By: Tony Abbott Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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