Genuflect \JEN-yuh-flekt\, intransitive verb:
1. To bend the knee or touch one knee to the ground, as in worship.
2. To be servilely respectful or obedient; to grovel.
After graduation I talked my way into a job at Ionic Development Corporation, a legendary place in Cambridge on the Charles River, a huge brick building with a lobby the size of a cathedral; every time I walked in, I felt as if I should genuflect.
– Daniel Lyons, Dog Days
People worship capital, adore its aura, genuflect before Porsches and Tokyo land values.
– Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance (translated by Alfred Birnbaum)
Chen said recently he was proud to be a Chinese, a signal to Beijing that he is willing to be conciliatory. The communists, however, apparently want him to genuflect more unambiguously.
– Sin-Ming Shaw, “Give This Guy a Break!”, Time Asia, October 30, 2000
Genuflect is from Late Latin genuflectere, from Latin genu, “knee” + flectere, “to bend.”
I could NOT agree with this guy MORE! I have to say I kind of dig the idea of a RePUNKlican, btw. To me it harkens back to the belief in the value of the individual that lies at the heart of the GOP principles. If only they’d shed all that stupid social interference … of course, then they’d be Libertarians – aka, Republicans who like sex.