prostration

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From Latin prostratus.

Noun[edit]

prostration (countable and uncountable, plural prostrations)

  1. The act or condition of prostrating oneself (lying flat), as a sign of humility.
  2. A part of the ordination of Catholic and Orthodox priests.
    The ordination ceremony includes a variety of rituals, rich in meaning and history, e.g., the prostration, laying on of hands, anointing of hands, giving of the chalice and paten, and sign of peace.Diocese of Rochester, NY
  3. Being laid face down (prone).
  4. The condition of being prostrated, as from heat; complete loss of strength.
  5. A reverential bow performed in Middle Eastern cultures.
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