prostration

noun
pros·​tra·​tion | \prä-ˈstrā-shən \

Definition of prostration 

1a : the act of assuming a prostrate position

b : the state of being in a prostrate position : abasement

2a : complete physical or mental exhaustion : collapse

b : the process of being made powerless or the condition of powerlessness the country suffered economic prostration after the war

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Examples of prostration in a Sentence

an outpatient suffering from fever, prostration, and nausea

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After celebrating and embracing his teammates, Salah performs sujood, the Islamic act of prostration. Charlene Gubash, NBC News, "Mo Salah carries Egypt's 2018 World Cup hopes on injured shoulder," 10 June 2018 The prostration upon the sequined altar of Dancing With the Stars. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Sympathy for the Charlie," 26 Apr. 2018 That bending was an act of prostration to the Buddha, said Pema Chujen, a Tibetan woman who was leading a group of ethnic Han visitors around the monastery. Edward Wong, Orange County Register, "Printing the ancient way keeps Buddhist texts alive in Tibet," 22 Mar. 2017 That bending was an act of prostration to the Buddha, said Pema Chujen, a Tibetan woman who was leading a group of ethnic Han visitors around the monastery. Edward Wong, Orange County Register, "Printing the ancient way keeps Buddhist texts alive in Tibet," 22 Mar. 2017 That bending was an act of prostration to the Buddha, said Pema Chujen, a Tibetan woman who was leading a group of ethnic Han visitors around the monastery. Edward Wong, Orange County Register, "Printing the ancient way keeps Buddhist texts alive in Tibet," 22 Mar. 2017 That bending was an act of prostration to the Buddha, said Pema Chujen, a Tibetan woman who was leading a group of ethnic Han visitors around the monastery. Edward Wong, Orange County Register, "Printing the ancient way keeps Buddhist texts alive in Tibet," 22 Mar. 2017 That bending was an act of prostration to the Buddha, said Pema Chujen, a Tibetan woman who was leading a group of ethnic Han visitors around the monastery. Edward Wong, New York Times, "Printing the Ancient Way Keeps Buddhist Texts Alive in Tibet," 21 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of prostration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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prostration

noun
pros·​tra·​tion | \prä-ˈstrā-shən \

Medical Definition of prostration 

: complete physical or mental exhaustion — see heat exhaustion

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