victim

noun
vic·​tim | \ ˈvik-təm How to pronounce victim (audio) \

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 How to pronounce victimhood (audio) \ 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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Some of Epstein’s victims were slated to testify for the first time. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 Her comments condone victim blaming and perpetuate the rape culture in our schools and society that are dangerous to all individuals. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Trump Judicial Nominee Neomi Rao's Thoughts on Rape Are Sparking Major Controversy," 14 Jan. 2019 Some even left painted stones with the names of each victim. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "A Parkland Survivor and Teacher Started #ProjectGrowLove to Honor Those Whose Lives Were Lost," 11 Jan. 2019 Take, for instance, Judge Jean Paul Braun’s comments about a 17-year-old assault victim’s looks last year in Quebec, Canada. Nora Whelan, SELF, "Believing Women Means Believing the Plus-Size Ones, Too," 21 Nov. 2018 Kedley said the case soon became one of the largest of its kind in Iowa history, and FBI agents assisted in identifying, contacting and interviewing victims. Fox News, "Victims of Iowa coach can still come forward, agent says," 23 Oct. 2018 Other victims included a 46-year-old man who was hospitalized in serious condition, a 20-year-old man, and 17-year-old woman who were also hospitalized, and multiple swimmers who were not admitted but felt distressed due to the incident. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "Michigan Beachgoers Formed a Human Chain to Try and Save People From Drowning," 7 Aug. 2018 Future historians would argue if the famous rocket engineer was a victim of circumstance or a 20th-century Faust, making a deal with the devil in search for knowledge. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 Today, Centre Marembo, which hosts around 70 girls, is Rwanda’s only shelter for pregnant teen mothers victims of abuse and street girls. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce victim (audio) \

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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