Prey vs Quest - What's the difference?

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Prey is a synonym of quest.

As a noun prey

is (archaic) anything, as goods, etc, taken or got by violence; anything taken by force from an enemy in war; spoil; booty; plunder.

As an abbreviation quest is

quantized electronic structure.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • (archaic) Anything, as goods, etc., taken or got by violence; anything taken by force from an enemy in war; spoil; booty; plunder.
  • * Bible, Numbers xxxi. 12
  • And they brought the captives, and the prey , and the spoil, unto Moses, and Eleazar the priest.
  • That which is or may be seized by animals or birds to be devoured; hence, a person given up as a victim.
  • * Dryden
  • Already sees herself the monster's prey .
  • * Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
  • [The helmsman] steered with no end of a swagger while you were by; but if he lost sight of you, he became instantly the prey of an abject funk
  • A living thing that is eaten by another living thing.
  • * Bible, Job iv. ii
  • The old lion perisheth for lack of prey .
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= William E. Conner
  • , title= An Acoustic Arms Race , volume=101, issue=3, page=206-7, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Nonetheless, some insect prey take advantage of clutter by hiding in it. Earless ghost swift moths become “invisible” to echolocating bats by forming mating clusters close (less than half a meter) above vegetation and effectively blending into the clutter of echoes that the bat receives from the leaves and stems around them.}}
  • The act of devouring other creatures; ravage.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Hog in sloth, fox in stealth, lion in prey .
  • The victim of a disease.
  • References






    (wikipedia quest)


    (en noun)
  • A journey or effort in pursuit of a goal (often lengthy, ambitious, or fervent); a mission.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • Cease your quest of love.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-01
  • , author=Katie L. Burke , title=Ecological Dependency , volume=101, issue=1, page=64 , magazine= citation , passage=In his first book since the 2008 essay collection Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature , David Quammen looks at the natural world from yet another angle: the search for the next human pandemic, what epidemiologists call “the next big one.” His quest leads him around the world to study a variety of suspect zoonoses—animal-hosted pathogens that infect humans.}}
  • The act of seeking, or looking after anything; attempt to find or obtain; search; pursuit.
  • (obsolete) Request; desire; solicitation.
  • * Herbert
  • Gad not abroad at every quest and call / Of an untrained hope or passion.
  • (obsolete) A group of people making search or inquiry.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • The senate hath sent about three several quests to search you out.
  • (obsolete) Inquest; jury of inquest.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • What lawful quest have given their verdict?

    Derived terms

    * sidequest


    (en verb)
  • To seek or pursue a goal; to undertake a mission or job.
  • To search for; to examine.
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