prostration

noun
pros·​tra·​tion | \ prä-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce prostration (audio) \

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

Examples of prostration in a Sentence

an outpatient suffering from fever, prostration, and nausea was rushed to the hospital by ambulance
Recent Examples on the Web This is akin to members of Congress sporting fake kente-cloth shawls and taking a knee in a foul moment of fake reverence for ex-con George Floyd, in an act of politically correct prostration. Armond White, National Review, 19 Aug. 2022 In extreme cases of grief prostration, one of the Is-There-Anything-I-Can-Do? Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2022 Negotiators claim that a deal could be days away from finalization, perhaps explaining the bizarre prostration to the rogue regime. Carine Hajjar, National Review, 18 Feb. 2022 President Johnson, it should be noted, had recently made Boutwell’s question about Congress’ prostration before spreading executive tyranny slightly less hypothetical. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, 21 Nov. 2019 After celebrating and embracing his teammates, Salah performs sujood, the Islamic act of prostration. Charlene Gubash, NBC News, 10 June 2018 The prostration upon the sequined altar of Dancing With the Stars. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 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, 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, 22 Mar. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of prostration

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

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12 Sep 2022

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“Prostration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prostration. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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prostration

noun
pros·​tra·​tion | \ prä-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce prostration (audio) \

Medical Definition of prostration

: complete physical or mental exhaustion — see heat exhaustion

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