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prey

noun

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1 an animal that is hunted or killed
  • rabbits are common prey for owls and hawks

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2 a person or thing harmed, lost, or destroyed
  • he fell prey to nagging—but groundless—doubts about his wife's fidelity

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3 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

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The first known use of prey was in the 13th century

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“Prey.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/prey. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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