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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Conversely, the public in Israel would not endure casualties of IDF soldiers in a distant U.S. war mission, say, in Afghanistan, South America or Saudi Arabia. Gilead Sher, Time, "Netanyahu's Defense Treaty with Trump Is a Bad Idea. Just as Well It's Only a Gimmick," 16 Sep. 2019 So turning that frown upside down isn't likely to have any significant effect on your level of happiness—just another casualty of the ongoing replication crisis. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Cubed wombat poop, why your left nut runs hot, among Ig Nobel winners," 12 Sep. 2019 Both longtime residents of Seabrook, the couple see the demolition of the odd building as an inevitable casualty of progress. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Seabrook residents mourn impending doom of unique ‘Triangle Building’," 5 Sep. 2019 At least 15 ethanol plants have been shut down or idled since the EPA increased waivers under Trump, and a 16th casualty came Wednesday: the Corn Plus ethanol facility in the south-central Minnesota town of Winnebago. Fox News, "Midwest farmers' Trump loyalty tested by new corn-ethanol rules," 29 Aug. 2019 At least 15 ethanol plants already have been shut down or idled since the EPA increased waivers under Trump, and a 16th casualty came Wednesday at the Corn Plus ethanol plant in the south-central Minnesota town of Winnebago. Julie Pace, Twin Cities, "Farmers in MN, elsewhere rebel against Trump’s new corn-ethanol rules," 28 Aug. 2019 One casualty of that haunting now appears to be Gillibrand’s presidential bid. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, "Column: #MeToo lessons from Al Franken and Kirsten Gillibrand: Will the Democrats learn in time for 2020?," 27 Aug. 2019 On Friday, Burrows, the chairman of the Texas House's Republican caucus, became the first casualty of the controversial secret meeting. Dallas News, "More secret tape fallout in Texas House, Beto O'Rourke's reboot, Dallas mayor creates crime task force," 20 Aug. 2019 Swire is also the largest shareholder in Cathay Pacific (CPCAY), Hong Kong's flagship airline that has become a high profile casualty of the turmoil. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Hong Kong's billionaires are calling for order to be restored," 13 Aug. 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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