victim

noun
vic·​tim | \ ˈvik-təm \

Definition of victim 

1 : one that is acted on and usually adversely affected by a force or agent the schools are victims of the social system : such as
a(1) : one that is injured, destroyed, or sacrificed under any of various conditions a victim of cancer a victim of the auto crash a murder victim
(2) : one that is subjected to oppression, hardship, or mistreatment a frequent victim of political attacks
b : one that is tricked or duped a con man's victim
2 : a living being sacrificed to a deity or in the performance of a religious rite

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Other Words from victim

victimhood \ ˈvik-​təm-​ˌhu̇d \ noun

Synonyms for victim

Synonyms

casualty, fatality, loss, prey

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Examples of victim in a Sentence

the victims of a hoax He was the victim of an error.

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In 2009, Daisy says her parents were victims of a violent robbery outside of their family’s home. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Why Doesn't Criminal Justice Reform Doesn't Include Immigration Law?," 9 Jan. 2019 Police have already identified over a dozen victims. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "The LAPD Has Caught The Man Who Posed As A Realtor To Rob Celeb Homes," 4 Jan. 2019 The Bitkov family were the victims of a criminal structure, and not a part of it as the prosecutors claim repeatedly. WSJ, "Justice Too Long Delayed for Captive Innocents," 28 Dec. 2018 Timeless was a victim of changing TV business models. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why more TV shows should do year-end Christmas specials," 23 Dec. 2018 Hogancamp was the victim of a hate crime — he was viciously beaten outside of a bar after admitting his interest in cross-dressing. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, "Welcome to Marwen is Robert Zemeckis’ most revealing movie — and his worst," 20 Dec. 2018 Crecco said his mother was a victim of a package theft. David Porter, The Seattle Times, "Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves," 12 Dec. 2018 Lindsay is also an advocate for victims of domestic violence, and in recent years has opened up about her own experience of growing up in a household marked by domestic abuse. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Who Is Lindsay Wagner? Meet The Star of Hallmark's 'Mingle All The Way'," 1 Dec. 2018 Off the pitch, female reporters have been victims of sexism. Fox News, "FIFA wants fewer TV shots of 'hot' female fans in bid to tackle sexism in soccer," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of victim

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for victim

Latin victima; perhaps akin to Old High German wīh holy

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victim

noun

English Language Learners Definition of victim

: a person who has been attacked, injured, robbed, or killed by someone else

: a person who is cheated or fooled by someone else

: someone or something that is harmed by an unpleasant event (such as an illness or accident)

victim

noun
vic·​tim | \ ˈvik-təm \

Kids Definition of victim

1 : a person who is cheated, fooled, or hurt by another
2 : an individual injured or killed (as by disease, violence, or disaster)
3 : a person or animal offered as a religious sacrifice

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