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ca·su·al·ty

 (kăzh′o͞o-əl-tē)
n. pl. ca·su·al·ties
1.
a. One who is injured or killed in an accident: a train wreck with many casualties.
b. One who is injured, killed, captured, or missing in action through engagement with an enemy: Battlefield casualties were high.
2. One that is harmed or eliminated as a result of an action or circumstance: The corner grocery was a casualty of the expanding supermarkets.
3. An accident, especially one involving serious injury or loss of life.

[Middle English casuelte, chance, accident, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cāsuālitās, from Latin cāsuālis, fortuitous; see casual.]
Usage Note: In military usage, a casualty is a serviceperson who has been killed, injured, captured, or in some other way rendered unable to serve. When used in nonmilitary situations, such as newspaper reports about accidents, the word casualty is usually used to mean a person who is either killed or injured. Sometimes, however, people use casualties to refer only to individuals who have died, not to those who have been injured. This usage is often considered an error. In our 2013 survey, 60 percent of the Usage Panel disapproved of a sentence where casualties was used to mean "fatalities" only: Officials have reported 21 casualties from yesterday's earthquake. In addition to those fatalities, 79 people were seriously injured.

casualty

(ˈkæʒjʊəltɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. (Military) a serviceman or servicewoman who is killed, wounded, captured, or missing as a result of enemy action
2. a person who is injured or killed in an accident
3. (Medicine) a hospital department in which victims of accidents, violence, etc, are treated
4. anything that is lost, damaged, or destroyed as the result of an accident, etc

cas•u•al•ty

(ˈkæʒ u əl ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. Mil.
a. a member of the armed forces removed from service by death, wounds, sickness, etc.
b. casualties, loss in numerical strength through any cause.
2. one who is injured or killed in an accident.
3. any person or thing that is harmed or destroyed as a result of some act or event.
4. a serious accident, esp. one involving bodily injury or death.
[1375–1425]

casualty

Any person who is lost to the organization by having been declared dead, duty status - whereabouts unknown, missing, ill, or injured. See also casualty category; casualty status; casualty type; duty status - whereabouts unknown; hostile casualty; nonhostile casualty.

casualty

a chance happening. See also injury.
See also: Chance

victim

casualty
1. 'victim'

You refer to someone as a victim when they have suffered as the result of a crime or natural disaster.

They offered financial aid for flood victims.
We have been the victims of a terrible crime.
2. 'casualty'

You don't usually use 'victim' to refer to someone who has been injured or killed in a war or accident. The word you use is casualty.

There were heavy casualties on both sides.
The casualties were taken to the nearest hospital.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.casualty - someone injured or killed or captured or missing in a military engagementcasualty - someone injured or killed or captured or missing in a military engagement
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
victim - an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance
2.casualty - someone injured or killed in an accident
victim - an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance
3.casualty - an accident that causes someone to diecasualty - an accident that causes someone to die
accident - an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury
fatality, human death - a death resulting from an accident or a disaster; "a decrease in the number of automobile fatalities"
collateral damage - (euphemism) inadvertent casualties and destruction inflicted on civilians in the course of military operations
4.casualty - a decrease of military personnel or equipment
equipment casualty, damage - loss of military equipment
personnel casualty, loss - military personnel lost by death or capture
decrease, lessening, drop-off - a change downward; "there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided"; "there was a sharp drop-off in sales"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

casualty

noun
1. fatality, death, loss, wounded Troops fired on the demonstrators, causing many casualties.
2. victim, sufferer The company has been one of the greatest casualties of the recession.

casualty

noun
1. An unexpected and usually undesirable event:
2. One that is made to suffer injury, loss, or death:
3. A termination of life, usually as the result of an accident or a disaster:
Translations
إِصابَةٌ مُميتَةٌ، قَتْيلمُصَاب
oběť
en såretoffertilskadekommen
kuolonuhriuhri
žrtva
死傷者
사상자
aukasužeistasistraumatologijos skyriusžuvusysis
kritušaisnelaimes gadījumā cietušais
izguba
olycksfall
จำนวนคนเสียชีวิตหรือได้รับบาดเจ็บ
người bị giết, bị thương

casualty

[ˈkæʒjʊəltɪ]
A. N
1. (Mil) (dead) → baja f; (wounded) → herido/a m/f
there were heavy casualtieshubo muchas bajas
2. (in accident, dead) → víctima f; (wounded) → herido/a m/f
Casualty (= hospital department) → Urgencias
fortunately there were no casualtiespor fortuna no hubo víctimas or heridos
3. (fig) a casualty of modern societyuna víctima de la sociedad moderna
B. CPD casualty department N(servicio m de) urgencias fpl
casualty list N (Mil) → lista f de bajas; (in accident) → lista f de víctimas
casualty ward Nsala f de urgencias

casualty

[ˈkæʒuəlti] n
(= injured person) → accidenté(e) m/f, blessé(e) m/f
(= dead person) → victime f, mort(e) m/f
(fig) (= victim) to be a casualty of sth (= suffer as a result of) → être la victime de qch
casualties (= losses) heavy casualties → lourdes pertes
to suffer heavy casualties (in battle)essuyer de lourdes pertes

Casualty

casualty [ˈkæʒuəlti] n (British)urgences fpl, service m des urgencescasualty department n (British)service m des urgencescasualty ward n (British)salle f des urgences

casualty

n
(lit, fig)Opfer nt; (injured also) → Verletzte(r) mf; (killed also) → Tote(r) mf; were there many casualties?gab es viele Opfer?; (Mil) → gab es hohe Verluste?
(also casualty unit)Notaufnahme f; to go to casualtyin die Notaufnahme gehen; to be in casualtyin der Notaufnahme sein

casualty

:
casualty department
n (in hospital) → Notaufnahme f, → Unfallstation f
casualty list
nVerlustliste f
casualty ward

casualty

[ˈkæʒjʊltɪ] n (Mil) (dead) → vittima, morto, caduto; (wounded) → ferito; (in accident, dead) → vittima; (injured) → ferito
heavy casualties → grosse perdite fpl

casualty

(ˈkӕʒuəlti) plural ˈcasualties noun
a person who is wounded or killed in a battle, accident etc. There were hundreds of casualties when the factory went on fire.
casualty department
a hospital department for treating accidental injuries.

casualty

مُصَاب oběť en såret Verunglückter θύμα víctima kuolonuhri accidenté žrtva morto 死傷者 사상자 slachtoffer forulykket ofiara wypadku vítima de acidente жертва olycksfall จำนวนคนเสียชีวิตหรือได้รับบาดเจ็บ zayiat người bị giết, bị thương 伤亡

ca·su·al·ty

n. víctima de accidente, herido, muerto; [war] bajas.
[wounded] herido-a;
___ listlista de accidentados.
References in classic literature ?
And not only this, but to that ever-contracting, dropping circle ashore, who, for any reason, possessed the privilege of a less banned approach to him; to that timid circle the above hinted casualty --remaining, as it did, moodily unaccounted for by Ahab --invested itself with terrors, not entirely underived from the land of spirits and of wails.
When the matron HOUYHNHNMS have produced one of each sex, they no longer accompany with their consorts, except they lose one of their issue by some casualty, which very seldom happens; but in such a case they meet again; or when the like accident befalls a person whose wife is past bearing, some other couple bestow on him one of their own colts, and then go together again until the mother is pregnant.
Here likewise the regulation of children is settled: as for instance, if a HOUYHNHNM has two males, he changes one of them with another that has two females; and when a child has been lost by any casualty, where the mother is past breeding, it is determined what family in the district shall breed another to supply the loss.
We owe it to mere casualty, that very serious embarrassments on this subject have been hitherto escaped.
It is at this hour, when the breeze brings the first salt whiff of the powder to noses rather cold at the tip, and the eye can quietly take in the appearance of each red casualty, that the strain on the nerves is strongest.
He was, therefore, to put in as if by casualty or distress, to give himself out as a coasting trader, and to say nothing about his ship being owned by Mr.
The dressers took this in turn; it lasted three days, during which they lived in hospital and ate their meals in the common-room; they had a room on the ground floor near the casualty ward, with a bed that shut up during the day into a cupboard.
Below, the immense buildings, tremendous and fine as they were, seemed like the giant trees of a jungle fighting for life; their picturesque magnificence was as planless as the chances of crag and gorge, their casualty enhanced by the smoke and confusion of still unsubdued and spreading conflagrations.
Here, in the mid-morning, the first casualty occurred.
I have a casualty to report," said the captain, "which diminishes our numbers by one.
It was a curious casualty in more than one respect, and nobody seems to have seen it happen.
Rather a good accident brought into the casualty ward.