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- v. to bow, to bend oneself as a gesture of respect or deference
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- v. bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head
- v. get into a prostrate position, as in submission
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I trembled when the hero embraced me, yet dared I not bow down to earth, fall to the bosom of the ground, but I was compelled to stand fast,
The very thought alone was treason against the people; was treason against mankind in general; as rivetting for ever the chains which bow down their necks, by giving to their oppressors a proof, which they would have trumpeted through the universe, of the imbecility of republican government, in times of pressing danger, to shield them from harm.
Towing a huge ship, listing with thousands of tons of water inside her and the bow down by six feet, was a dangerous and delicate operation; Kennedy needed all of his experience and skill.
A badly wounded but still defiant Batis was brought before Alexander, who threatened him with cruel punishments if he would not bow down before him.
Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.
Commander of the Faithful, to comply with the letter of the King of the heretics and send me back to the land of the schismatics who deny The Faith and give partners to the All-wise King, who magnify the Cross and bow down before idols and believe in the divinity of
The particular evil of being forced at knife-point to bow down and pledge allegiance to pagan gods had passed away.
There would be a fleeting glimpse of the three men flinging water in frantic haste, when she would topple over and fall into the yawning valley, bow down and showing her full inside length to the stern upreared almost directly above the bow.
And starting with Hannah and her seven sons, all of whom died rather than bow down to Greek idols as recorded in Maccabees of the Apocrypha, we have had a long record of martyrdom.