Definition of prostration in English:

prostration

Line breaks: pros|tra¦tion
Pronunciation: /prɒˈstreɪʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1The action of lying stretched out on the ground.
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    • The Significance of Devotion Our devotion will grow the more prostrations we do.
    • The Purification of Pride First of all, we should know why we do prostrations.
    • Someone who dozes in the prayer does not owe a prostration.
    Synonyms
    collapse, weakness, debility, lassitude, exhaustion, fatigue, tiredness, enervation, emotional exhaustion; paralysis; desolation, despair, despondency, dejection, depression, helplessness
  • 1.1The state of being extremely weak or subservient: the refusal to call a strike reflects the union leadership’s prostration before the company
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    • Blairs apparent stature can be accounted for by the prostration of his ostensible opponents.
    • The prostration of the Democratic Party cleared the way for Reagan's election in 1980.
    • The prostration of the Party has been amply demonstrated in the California recall election.
  • 1.2Extreme physical weakness or emotional exhaustion.
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    • Unable to match the Indians' enviable capacity for keeping themselves cool, the animals died of heat prostration.
    • Doctors found that the panda was affected by lung fever together with functional prostration on some organs.
    • When I found him suffering from general debility and nervous prostration.

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