prostration, n. 1. obeisance, kowtow, salaam; crouch, stoop, bow, genuflection; reverence, groveling, crawling, sniveling.
2. lowness, supineness, resupineness, proneness; recumbency, accumbency, decumbence; fall, downfall, collapse; overthrow, upset, upheaval; submissiveness, submission, abjectness.
3. disconsolation, desolation, forlornness, desperation, agony, agony of mind or spirit; despair, depths or bowels of despair, depth of misery, extremity, SI. the pits; misery, miserableness, wretchedness, woe, bale; broken-heartedness, broken heart, heartache, aching heart, heavy heart.
4. exhaustion, enervation, lassitude, weariness; weakness, feebleness, debility; (all in reference to health) breakdown, Inf. crackup, nervous breakdown, nervous exhaustion, Pathol, neurasthenia.
prosy, adj. prose, prosaic, commonplace, ordinary, dull, unimaginative, flat, vapid. See - prosaic (defs. 1,
protagonist, n. 1. (all in a drama or literary work) principal, principal or main or leading character, agonist, hero, heroine, antihero, antiheroine, nonhero; (all in a drama or film) lead, title role, leading man or lady.
2. advocate, supporter, upholder, exponent; spokesman, mouthpiece; champion, defender, apologist; admirer, aficionado, Inf. fan, Inf. buff.
3. (all of a movement, cause, etc.) leader, prime mover, moving spirit; bellwether, front runner, pacesetter, pacemaker; standard-bearer, torchbearer; leader of men, charismatic leader, born leader; messiah, savior, (in Muslim usage) Mahdi.
protean, adj. 1. variable, changeable, changeful, ever-changing, mutable, permutable, labile, kaleidoscopic; polymorphous, polymorphic, metamor-phic, metamorphotic.
2. (all of an actor) versatile, Inf. all-around, generally capable; resourceful, flexible, adaptable, adjustable; proteiform, many-sided, multifaceted.
protect, v. 1. defend, forfend, Archaic, fend, defend tooth and nail, defend to the last man; secure, make safe, safeguard, guard from, guard against; cover, cloak, screen, veil; house, shelter, take in; hide, hide out, conceal; champion, stick up for, Inf. go to bat for, take [s.o.'s] side; run interference for, Sports or Fig. block for, pick or lay a pick for; escort, chaperone, convey, conduct, shepherd, Inf. ride shotgun.
2. keep, keep up, preserve, conserve, maintain, sustain; watch, mind, tend, keep an eye on, look after; care for, take care of, take under one's wing; nurse, nurture, foster, cherish; attend, attend to, minister to.
protection, n. 1. preservation, preserval, conservation, care, safekeeping, maintenance, upkeep; safety, security, immunity.
2. defense, guard, safeguard, palladium, shield; bulwark, barrier, wall, buffer; cover, screen, cloak; covert, coverture, hiding place, hideaway; asylum, sanctuary, safehold, safety zone; shelter, refuge, haven, harbor, port in a storm, Scot. and North Eng. bield; convoy, escort, bodyguard; charm, good luck or lucky charm, talisman, amulet; precaution, preventive measure, measure, step, Fig. insurance; steps, measures, steps and measures.
3. patronage, aegis, sponsorship, tutelage, auspices, offices, good offices; ministry, ministration, care, custody, charge, ward, keeping, protectorship, guardianship; support, advocacy, backing, blessing, well-wishes; aid, assistance, help, championship.
a. protection money, extortion, blackmail, Inf. shakedown,
b. bribe, sop, Inf. payoff, SI. payola, SI. hush money, SI. boodle.
My Account / Test History
The difference is that poison gets into your body if you inhale it (breathe it in), ingest it (eat or drink), or touch it. Venom gets into your body if it is injected in, such as through a bite or a sting.
Certain snakes are venomous, because they bite you and inject their venom (although many native English speakers say "poisonous snake"). Scorpions and some spiders are also venomous, because they bite or sting you. There are plants and frogs that are poisonous - you will get sick if you touch them or eat them.
Sometimes people use poison to kill other people - by secretly putting it into their food or drink. When this happens, we say the victim was poisoned.