noun vic·tim \ˈvik-təm\

: 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

:  a living being sacrificed to a deity or in the performance of a religious rite
:  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 \-ˌhd\ 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


noun vic·tim \ˈvik-təm\

Definition of VICTIM for Kids

:  a person who is cheated, fooled, or hurt by another
:  an individual injured or killed (as by disease, violence, or disaster)
:  a person or animal offered as a religious sacrifice


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