vic·​tim ˈvik-təm How to pronounce victim (audio)
: one that is acted on and usually adversely affected by a force or agent
the schools are victims of the social system
: such as
: 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
: one that is subjected to oppression, hardship, or mistreatment
a frequent victim of political attacks
: one that is tricked or duped
a con man's victim
: a living being sacrificed to a deity or in the performance of a religious rite
victimhood noun

Examples of victim in a Sentence

the victims of a hoax He was the victim of an error.
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Word History


Latin victima; perhaps akin to Old High German wīh holy

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of victim was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Victim.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


vic·​tim ˈvik-təm How to pronounce victim (audio)
: a living being offered as a sacrifice in a religious rite
: an individual injured or killed (as by disease or accident)
: a person cheated, fooled, or harmed by another

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