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

butt, mark, prey, sitting duck, target

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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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British detectives investigating the poisoning of two people by the nerve agent Novichok in southwestern England said Friday that a small bottle found in the home of one of the victims tested positive for the deadly substance. Gregory Katz, chicagotribune.com, "Bottle containing nerve agent found in home of poisoned man in U.K., police say," 13 July 2018 At Thursday’s memorial, eulogists spoke warmly of each of the victims, and their voices broke at times, the pain of the loss of their co-workers and friends still acute. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "Where have you gone, Mister Rogers?," 13 July 2018 In addition to the restitution, Dreyfus also ordered that Holland, 59, refrain from contacting any of the victim’s family members, according to court records. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Holland ordered to pay $6,500 in restitution after hatchet killing," 13 July 2018 British detectives investigating the poisoning of two people by the nerve agent Novichok in southwestern England said Friday that a small bottle found in the home of one of the victims tested positive for the deadly substance. Fox News, "UK police confirm source of Novichok poisoning," 13 July 2018 The name of the victim has not yet been released and the cause of the accident is still being investigated, the CHP said. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Motorcyclist found dead after overnight crash on Highway 65 offramp," 13 July 2018 Both were taken to the hospital, where one of the victims later died, Smith said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Police: Suspect in Glendale shootings arrested after fleeing to Texas," 13 July 2018 The cast of memorable characters in Stanton’s book is as long as Marciano’s list of victims. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "UConn Professor Chronicles Rocky Marciano's Rise Set Against Boxing's Murky Underworld," 12 July 2018 The custodian recognized the owner, Vincent Solmonte, 35, as one of the victims. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Four decades have passed since five men were found dead at the Blackfriars Pub in Boston," 12 July 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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