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victim

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noun vic·tim \ˈvik-təm\

Simple Definition of victim

  • : a person who has been attacked, injured, robbed, or killed by someone else

  • : a person who is cheated or fooled by someone else

  • : someone or something that is harmed by an unpleasant event (such as an illness or accident)

Full Definition of victim

  1. 1 :  a living being sacrificed to a deity or in the performance of a religious rite

  2. 2 :  one that is acted on and usually adversely affected by a force or agent <the schools are victims of the social system>: as a (1) :  one that is injured, destroyed, or sacrificed under any of various conditions <a victim of cancer> <a victim of the auto crash> <a murder victim> (2) :  one that is subjected to oppression, hardship, or mistreatment <a frequent victim of political attacks> b :  one that is tricked or duped <a con man's victim>

vic·tim·hood play \-ˌhu̇d\ noun

Examples of victim

  1. the victims of a hoax

  2. He was the victim of an error.



Origin of victim

Latin victima; perhaps akin to Old High German wīh holy


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with victim



VICTIM Defined for Kids

victim

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noun vic·tim \ˈvik-təm\

Definition of victim

  1. 1 :  a person who is cheated, fooled, or hurt by another

  2. 2 :  an individual injured or killed (as by disease, violence, or disaster)

  3. 3 :  a person or animal offered as a religious sacrifice





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