casualty

noun
ca·​su·​al·​ty | \ ˈka-zhəl-tē How to pronounce casualty (audio) , ˈkazh-wəl-, ˈka-zhə-wəl- \
plural casualties

Definition of casualty

1a : a military person lost through death, wounds, injury, sickness, internment, or capture or through being missing in action The army sustained heavy casualties.
b : a person or thing injured, lost, or destroyed : victim the ex-senator was a casualty of the last election
2 : serious or fatal accident : disaster losses from fire, storm, or other casualty— J. S. Seidman
3 archaic : chance, fortune losses that befall them by mere casualty— Sir Walter Raleigh

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Examples of casualty in a Sentence

a low number of casualties the real casualties in the war against drugs are millions of innocent children
Recent Examples on the Web Many commercial property-and-casualty insurers have navigated Covid-19 with losses lighter than feared so far, yet have been able to largely keep pushing rates higher. Telis Demos, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2021 The Legislature provided the Department of Financial Services $1.8 million specifically to investigate property and casualty homeowner insurance fraud. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, 25 July 2021 Today, the global insurance market is estimated to be a $5,050.31 billion industry, comprised of leading commercial life insurance, property and casualty, and health and medical insurance carriers. Randy Bean, Forbes, 6 July 2021 The Athletic's Shams Charania has already reported their interest in a possible replacement, San Antonio Spurs veteran Thaddeus Young, who himself was a casualty of Chicago's pursuit of DeMar DeRozan. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 2 Sep. 2021 Moses was a spring cap casualty of the Washington Football Team and astute signing by Douglas for $3.1 million guaranteed for one year. J.p. Pelzman, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 The 14,163-foot volcano near the Oregon border, climate experts say, has become a casualty of California’s intense heat and drought, as well as a glaring illustration of what the extremes of climate change can mean for Western landscapes. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Aug. 2021 The New York International Auto Show has become a casualty of the fast-spreading coronavirus Delta variant. Fin Gómez, CBS News, 5 Aug. 2021 The New York International Auto Show has become a casualty of the coronavirus’ fast-spreading delta variant. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of casualty

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for casualty

see casual entry 1

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The first known use of casualty was in the 15th century

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19 Sep 2021

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“Casualty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/casualty. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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casualty

noun

English Language Learners Definition of casualty

: a person who is hurt or killed during an accident, war, etc.
: a person or thing that is harmed, lost, or destroyed : victim

casualty

noun
ca·​su·​al·​ty | \ ˈka-zhəl-tē How to pronounce casualty (audio) \
plural casualties

Kids Definition of casualty

1 : a person who is hurt or killed in a war, disaster, or accident
2 : a person or thing injured, lost, or destroyed The old tree was a casualty of the storm.

casualty

noun
ca·​su·​al·​ty | \ ˈkazh-əl-tē, ˈkazh-(ə-)wəl- How to pronounce casualty (audio) \
plural casualties

Medical Definition of casualty

1 : a serious or fatal accident
2 : a military person lost through death, wounds, injury, sickness, internment, or capture or through being missing in action
3a : injury or death from accident
b : one injured or killed (as by accident)

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casualty

noun
ca·​su·​al·​ty | \ ˈka-zhəl-tē, ˈka-zhə-wəl- How to pronounce casualty (audio) \
plural casualties

Legal Definition of casualty

1 : an unfortunate occurrence especially : a serious and often disastrous accident conversion of property…arising from fire, storm, shipwreck, or other casualty Internal Revenue Code
2 : something lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed — see also casualty gain at gain, casualty loss at loss

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