victim

noun
vic·​tim | \ ˈvik-təm How to pronounce victim (audio) \

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 How to pronounce victim (audio) \ noun

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Examples of victim in a Sentence

the victims of a hoax He was the victim of an error.
Recent Examples on the Web According to police, officers responded around 11:51 p.m. Friday to a residence in the 3700 block of Clairmont Street on a report of a shooting victim. D.l. Davis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "18-year-old arrested in fatal shooting of 17-year-old boy in Racine," 8 May 2021 According to a report by the security firm Cybereason, Darkside has compromised more than 40 victim organizations and demanded between $200,000 and $2 million in ransom from them. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "The Colonial Pipeline Hack Is a New Extreme for Ransomware," 8 May 2021 Ransomware scrambles a victim organization’s data with encryption. Time, "Major U.S. Gasoline Pipeline Halts Operations After Cyberattack," 8 May 2021 During the trial, the court heard that the incident took place after Hayne arrived, drunk, at the victim's home following a stag party. Sara Spary, CNN, "Jarryd Hayne, former Australian rugby league international, jailed for sexual assault," 7 May 2021 Logan Paul, who at 0-1 is not exactly an accomplished fighters, most notably filmed a suicide victim in 2017 for his YouTube channel because, well, is there any better way to expand your social media following? Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul fight is one we can agree not to watch," 7 May 2021 The district attorney said that the office’s victim witness advocate was in touch with Strothers on April 19. BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s what we know — and do not know — about the death of Mikayla Miller," 7 May 2021 Often, ransomware criminals have gathered intelligence about potential targets in advance and know when a victim carries insurance that covers ransom payments. Frank Bajak, Star Tribune, "Insurer AXA halts ransomware crime reimbursement in France," 6 May 2021 In one remarkable moment, a robbery victim who survived five gunshot wounds wondered why he was picked. Fox News, "Documentary series revisits 2002 Washington sniper case," 6 May 2021

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

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10 May 2021

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“Victim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/victim. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce victim (audio) \

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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