Is Kowtow an offensive word

meaning of kowtowing in English

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It is a dependency economy kowtowing to successive governments for hand-outs.
However, we have found that his policy allows him to bully and lecture the weak while kowtowing obsequiously to the strong.
He made it known that he wouldn't forgive any kowtowing.
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I am not entitled to all this kowtowing.
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Kowtowing is a powerful gesture reserved mainly for honoring the dead or offering deep respect at a temple.
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Kowtowing, or kneeling and bowing so deeply that ones forehead is touching the floor, is practiced during worship at temples.
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