an animal that is hunted or killed <rabbits are common prey for owls and hawks>
a person or thing harmed, lost, or destroyed <he fell prey to nagging—but groundless—doubts about his wife's fidelity>
a person or thing that is the object of abuse, criticism, or ridicule <that woman has a sharp tongue, and her favored prey is her long-suffering husband> Near Antonyms gossip
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