Definition of victim
- the schools are victims of the social system
- a victim of cancer
- a victim of the auto crash
- a murder victim
- a frequent victim of political attacks
- a con man's victim
the victims of a hoax
He was the victim of an error.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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)
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