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
In an update posted to Facebook Wednesday, LMPD writes that the two male victims were inside a residence on Woodruff Avenue.
Police arrested a woman, who was described as a friend of the victim.
If an art-house film gets credit for what commercial movies have already done much better, then Katherine’s victims aren’t the only suckers here.
She was held for four hours against her will and the victim claimed that Lowe forced her to text her mother and say everything was alright.
Later victims included wealthy landowner John Proctor, killed in August.
In 80% of cases, victims do not show any symptoms at all.
In times of trouble, a story often appears in which White House aides cast themselves as victims in their boss’s latest drama.
The Walking Dead cast shot 11 different deaths to protect the identity of Negan’s real victim at the end of Season 6.
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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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