victim

noun vic·tim \ ˈvik-təm \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

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

victimhood

play \ˈvik-təm-ˌhu̇d\ noun

Examples of victim in a Sentence

  1. the victims of a hoax

  2. He was the victim of an error.

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Origin and Etymology of victim

Latin victima; perhaps akin to Old High German wīh holy

victim Synonyms



VICTIM Defined for English Language Learners

victim

noun

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

victim

noun vic·tim \ ˈvik-təm \

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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