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
Three years after seizing control of the great alluvial plains of the Tigris and Euphrates, Islamic State (IS), which has claimed so many victims in north-western Iraq, Syria and beyond, is finally dying.
As recent as yesterday, I was advised of one that occurred and reminded of how easily anyone can fall victim.
The victim required 12 stitches to close his neck wound, Assistant State's Attorney Jim French said.
Guerrero, now 40, has pleaded not guilty to charges linked to a dozen victims in what could become a death penalty case.
Kansas City, Kan., Police said the victim was a black man in his 20s but could offer no other identifying information.
To arrive at their conclusion, the OPCW interviewed local witnesses, attended autopsies, and collected bio-medical samples of deceased victims, along with samples from the environment.
The police did not identify the victim, other than as a woman and a doctor.
In the weeks since the shooting, community members gathered at a vigil at Hobart High School to remember the 9-year-old victim.
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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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