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prō-sterno , strāvi, strātum, 3, v. a.,
I.to strew in front of, to strew before one; also, to throw to the ground, throw down, overthrow, prostrate (syn.: fundo, profligo, provolvo).
II. Trop.
1. To throw to the ground, to overthrow, subvert, ruin, destroy, etc. (freq. and class.): “omnia cupiditate ac furore,Cic. Clu. 6, 15; 31, 70; cf.: “jacet ille nunc prostratus,id. Cat. 2, 1, 2; and: “afflicta ct prostrata virtus,id. de Or. 2, 52, 211; id. Leg. 2, 17, 42: malevolorum obtrectationes, Vatin. ap. Cic. Fam. 5, 9, 1: “mores civitatis,Plin. 36, 15, 24, § 113: “carminum studium,Tac. Or 11: se prosternere, to demean or debase one's self, Cic. Par. 1, 14: “prostrata est Philisthaea omnis,Vulg. Isa. 14, 31.—
2. To prostitute, Suet. Caes. 2; id. Tib. 35; id. Calig. 24; Just. 12, 7, 11; Arn. 2, 73 (in Plin Pan. 31 the true read. is praesterni).
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