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 asa (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 attacksb : 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
victimhoodplay \ˈvik-təm-ˌhu̇d\ noun
Examples of victim in a Sentence
the victims of a hoax
He was the victim of an error.
Recent Examples of victim from the Web
Woods recalled that photos ran with a story that was posted on social media of the missing teens, but Jatkiewicz pointed out there was no confirmation of the victims' identities until five days later through the use of dental records.
Both statements were apt for an alarming episode in which the Underwoods’ past victims re-emerged for vengeance while the administration geared up for a land war in Syria.
Prosecutors argued that Jenkins planned the killings to cover up robberies of the victims or to keep them from identifying him, but Jenkins insisted an Egyptian god ordered him in a foreign language to kill the four as human sacrifices.
Birmingham's West Precinct officers responded about 7:30 p.m. to Interstate 59 and Avenue I, and arrived to find the victim - a white male - lying on his stomach with multiple gunshot wounds.
Germany saw a number of violent attacks by Islamic extremists last year, including the deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market that left 12 victims dead.
The bodies of the eight other victims were found in a ditch at the edge of the city with their hands tied and gunshot wounds to the head, the television station ABS-CBN reported.
The victims were taken to area hospitals, but the locations were not immediately available, said fire spokesman Jeff Lyle.
The 22 victims will be remembered in the London stadium before Arsenal and Chelsea contest the soccer showpiece.
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Origin and Etymology of victim
Latin victima; perhaps akin to Old High German wīh holy
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
VICTIM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of victim for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of victim for Students
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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