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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Synonyms for casualty

Synonyms

fatality, loss, prey, victim

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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

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Then again, the handling of the ’95 heat wave led to hundreds of preventable human casualties. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Cooked: Survival by ZIP Code’ review: A withering look at the 1995 Chicago heat wave," 10 July 2019 The United Nations has expressed growing concern over civilian deaths in the conflict, and has criticized all sides for rising casualty rates, including from stepped up US airstrikes. Kathy Gannon, BostonGlobe.com, "All-Afghan conference brings country closer to peace," 9 July 2019 To avoid peripheral casualties, the Fish and Wildlife Service plans to conduct poison baiting in November and December — no sooner than the end of 2020 — when the mouse population is declining because of lack of food. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "Bay Area critics decry Fed’s plan to use banned rodent poison on Farallon Islands," 8 July 2019 When the big top burned that day, killing 168 in one of the nation’s worst mass casualty disasters, 6-year-old Raymond somehow escaped. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "In the chaos of the Hartford circus fire, a 6-year-old boy disappeared; now, 75 years later, his family wants to find out what happened to him," 7 July 2019 No casualties or injuries were reported at the base after Thursday’s quake, the base posted Friday on its Facebook page. Fox News, "Naval weapons base near quakes' epicenter closed for safety inspections," 6 July 2019 The rebels of 1916 had inflicted casualties on innocents; their rebellion wrecked central Dublin. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Off The Shelf: The Wrong Dubliner?," 5 July 2019 Will fan-favorite Frank Lampard be given the time necessary to avoid becoming just another casualty of Roman Abramovich's tenure? Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Lampard is a Chelsea Legend, Putting Club's Manager Churn to the Test," 4 July 2019 No injuries or casualties were reported, Alfaro said. Katie Mettler, Anchorage Daily News, "Freak summer hailstorm buries Mexican city under feet of ice," 1 July 2019

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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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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

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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