Pray or Prey?
Pray or Prey?What is the difference between "pray" and "prey"?
- "To pray" means to address God or an object of worship (to say a prayer)
- "To prey on" means to hunt for.
- "Prey" is the object of an attack.
Click on the Two Correct Sentences
More about "Pray" and "Prey"Occasionally, there is confusion over the words "pray" and "prey." This most commonly occurs with the following terms:
- Pray to God
- Pray tell
- Pray on (a mat)
- Praying mantis
- "Pray" by Take That
- Fall prey to
- Prey on (a deer)
More about "Pray"The word "pray" is a verb which means "to address God or another deity or object of worship." In other words, it means "to say a prayer."
- Pray as if everything depended upon God and work as if everything depended upon man. (Francis Cardinal Spellman, 1889-1967)
- You should pray for a sound mind in a sound body. (Juvenal, AD 55-127)
More about "Prey"The word "prey" can be a verb or a noun. As a verb, "to prey on something" means "to hunt for something," or "to exploit something (usually a person)." As a noun, "prey" is the thing being hunted or exploited.
- Skuas like to prey on Cape Petrel eggs, but Cape Petrels will aggressively defend their nests by ejecting stomach oil at intruders.
- As well as having a keen sense of smell and being able to feel vibrations, sharks can see well (even at night), so they never have trouble finding their prey.
Praying Mantis Not Preying Mantis
|A praying mantis is named after the way it holds its hands in a prayer position. Of course, it preys on its victims, but that's not where its name comes from.|