pray vs prey :

pray or prey

If you want a miracle, pray to God. If you’re a criminal you prey on your victims. Incidentally, it’s “praying mantis,” not “preying mantis.” The insect holds its forefeet in a position suggesting prayer.

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  • v  address a deity, a prophet, a saint or an object of worship; say a prayer
    pray to the Lord
  • v  call upon in supplication; entreat

  • n  a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence
    he fell prey to muggers
  • n  animal hunted or caught for food
  • v  profit from in an exploitatory manner
  • v  prey on or hunt for
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