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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The intelligence community likely used round-the-clock rotations of armed drones to keep him under observation, waiting for an opportunity to strike without civilian casualties. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Militant Killed in U.S. Airstrike Was Wanted for USS Cole Bombing," 4 Jan. 2019 That aid includes information on key civilian sites that should not be targeted in order to avoid civilian casualties. Ahmed Al-haj, chicagotribune.com, "Fighting intensifies outside Yemen's Hodeida airport as death toll reaches 280," 15 June 2018 The Toffees were one of the biggest casualties of the changing trends of football, having become comfortably overtaken by the likes of Tottenham and Manchester City in recent years. SI.com, "Everton Dealt With Allardyce Harshly, But Marco Silva May Struggle to Fare Better Next Season," 7 June 2018 Semi-automatic rifles are virtually banned from public ownership under Australia’s tough gun laws designed to reduce mass-casualty shootings. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "3 men charged with planning mass killing in Australian city," 19 Nov. 2018 Some people inside the supermarket climbed out windows, and others barricaded themselves in rooms as scores of police officers and firefighters and 18 ambulances converged on the scene and prepared for mass casualties. Christopher Weber And Michael Balsamo, Fox News, "Grandmother shot, hostages held at supermarket; 1 woman dead," 22 July 2018 One exercise will simulate a mass-casualty catastrophe at hospitals. Frances Robles, New York Times, "FEMA Was Sorely Unprepared for Puerto Rico Hurricane, Report Says," 12 July 2018 Active Shooter,’ which allows players to simulate carrying out a mass-casualty attack with a gun, grenade or knife. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump lost a battle on family separations, but his immigration war continues," 21 June 2018 Plaintiffs contend that officers should have more aggressively confronted Mateen to prevent mass casualties. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Pulse nightclub shooting survivors sue Orlando, its police," 7 June 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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