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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This past week, Sotheby’s and Christie’s held solid sales of impressionist and modern art that were marred by a few painful casualties, including an estimated $53 million Claude Monet that went unsold. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Art Collectors Seek Clues to Market Strength at London Sales, New York Fair," 2 Mar. 2019 The Cambridge American Cemetery contains the remains of 3,811 U.S. casualties, including Mi Amigo crewmembers Robbins, Tuttle and Estabrooks. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Flypast honors US bomber crew who died saving British kids," 19 Feb. 2019 The pilot whale wasn’t the only recent casualty of ocean pollution; in April, a 33-foot sperm whale found dead on a Spanish beach had more than 60 lb of garbage in its digestive system. Eli Meixler, Time, "A Pilot Whale Has Died in Southern Thailand After Swallowing 17 Pounds of Plastic Waste," 4 June 2018 One casualty of the changeover is Peter Burgh, a once-promising AbEx painter found dead in his studio with a pistol in hand. Jackson Arn, WSJ, "‘Goodbye to Tenth Street’ Review: A Final Sweeping," 15 Feb. 2019 The bats were not the only casualty of last year's heat wave. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "A Single Heat Wave Killed One Third of Spectacled Fruit Bats in Australia," 18 Jan. 2019 The biggest casualty of Trump’s interference could be the image of American justice in Afghanistan, where 14,000 U.S. service members are still advising, assisting, fighting and, in some cases, dying. Taimoor Shah, The Seattle Times, "Trump to ‘review’ case of Green Beret accused of murdering Afghan," 16 Dec. 2018 Votel did not say how many Afghan troops have been killed this year but noted that Afghan officials have said the casualties will not deter them. Robert Burns, Fox News, "American general says Afghan battlefield losses are rising," 4 Oct. 2018 The first casualty of a mission that has gone on for almost two weeks has underscored the dangers of a plan to extract the group by teaching them to dive. Time, "'We Have Limited Time.' Thai Authorities Race Against the Rains to Free Soccer Team Trapped in a Cave," 6 July 2018

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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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