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vic·tim

 (vĭk′tĭm)
n.
1. One who is harmed or killed by another, especially by someone committing a criminal or unlawful act: a victim of a mugging.
2. A living creature slain and offered as a sacrifice during a religious rite.
3. One who is harmed by or made to suffer under a circumstance or condition: victims of war; victims of an epidemic; victims of poverty.
4. A person who is tricked, swindled, or taken advantage of: the victim of a cruel hoax.

[Latin victima.]

vic′tim·hood′ (-ho͝od′) n.

victim

(ˈvɪktɪm)
n
1. a person or thing that suffers harm, death, etc, from another or from some adverse act, circumstance, etc: victims of tyranny.
2. a person who is tricked or swindled; dupe
3. a living person or animal sacrificed in a religious rite
[C15: from Latin victima]
Usage: Using the word victim or victims in relation to chronic illness or disability is often considered demeaning and disempowering. Alternative phrases such as who experiences, who has been diagnosed with, or simply with and then the name of the disability or illness, can be used instead

vic•tim

(ˈvɪk təm)

n.
1. a person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action or agency: war victims.
2. a person who is deceived or cheated: the victims of a fraudulent scheme.
3. a living creature sacrificed in religious rites.
[1490–1500; < Latin victima sacrificial animal]

victim

- Originally denoted a person or animal killed as a sacrifice.
See also related terms for sacrifice.

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.victim - an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstancevictim - an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance
unfortunate, unfortunate person - a person who suffers misfortune
injured party, casualty - someone injured or killed in an accident
casualty - someone injured or killed or captured or missing in a military engagement
hunted person - a person who is hunted
martyr, sufferer - one who suffers for the sake of principle
martyr - one who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty for refusing to renounce their religion
muggee - a victim of a mugging; "the law seems to give more protection to the mugger than to the muggee"
murderee - a victim who is murdered
poor devil, wretch - someone you feel sorry for
fair game, prey, quarry, target - a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence; "he fell prey to muggers"; "everyone was fair game"; "the target of a manhunt"
punching bag - a person on whom another person vents their anger; "he resigned because his boss used him as a punching bag"
scapegoat, whipping boy - someone who is punished for the errors of others
2.victim - a person who is tricked or swindledvictim - a person who is tricked or swindled
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
laughingstock, stooge, goat, butt - a victim of ridicule or pranks
chump, fall guy, gull, patsy, soft touch, sucker, mug, fool, mark - a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
lamb - a person easily deceived or cheated (especially in financial matters)
easy mark, sitting duck - a defenseless victim

victim

noun
1. casualty, sufferer, injured party, fatality an organisation representing victims of the accident
casualty survivor
2. prey, patsy (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), sucker (slang), dupe, gull (archaic), stooge, sitting duck (informal), sitting target, innocent the victim of a particularly cruel hoax
prey attacker, offender, culprit, assailant, guilty party
3. scapegoat, sacrifice, martyr, fall guy (informal), whipping boy A sacrificial victim was thrown to the judicial authorities.
fall victim to something fall ill with, develop, catch, contract, pick up, succumb to, be overcome by, become infected with, be stricken with, come or go down with In the early 1960s, she fell victim to Alzheimer's disease.
Quotations
"He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter" Bible: Isaiah

victim

noun
1. One or more living creatures slain and offered to a deity as part of a religious rite:
2. One that is made to suffer injury, loss, or death:
3. A person who is easily deceived or victimized:
Informal: sucker.
Chiefly British: mug.
Translations
ضَحِيَّةضَحِيَّه
oběť
offer
uhri
žrtva
áldozat
fórnarlamb
犠牲
피해자
nukentėjusysis
upuris
žrtev
offer
ผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
nạn nhân

victim

[ˈvɪktɪm]
A. N (= subject of attack) → víctima f
the victims (= survivors of disaster) → los damnificados
to be the victim of [+ attack, hoax] → ser víctima de
to fall victim to [+ desire, sb's charms] → sucumbir a, dejarse llevar por
B. CPD Victim Support N (Brit) organización de ayuda a las víctimas de actos delictivos

victim

[ˈvɪktɪm] nvictime f
to be the victim of sth [+ crime, assault, war, terrorism, disease, discrimination, prejudice] → être victime de qch
He was the victim of a mugging → Il a été victime d'une agression.
an accident victim → la victime d'un accident
cancer victims → les victimes du cancer
the murder victim → la victime du meurtre

victim

nOpfer nt; he was the victim of a practical jokeihm wurde ein Streich gespielt; to be the victim of somebody’s sarcasmeine Zielscheibe für jds Sarkasmus sein; the hawk flew off with its victim in its clawsder Falke flog mit seiner Beute in den Klauen davon; to fall (a) victim to somethingeiner Sache (dat)zum Opfer fallen; I fell victim to the flumich hatte die Grippe erwischt (inf); to fall victim to somebody’s charmsjds Charme (dat)erliegen; the whole of the region fell victim to the droughtdie ganze Gegend wurde ein Opfer der Dürre

victim

[ˈvɪktɪm] nvittima
to be the victim of → essere la vittima di
to fall victim to (fig) (desire, sb's charms) → essere vittima di

victim

(ˈviktim) noun
a person who receives ill-treatment, injury etc. a murder victim; Food is being sent to the victims of the disaster.

victim

ضَحِيَّة oběť offer Opfer θύμα víctima uhri victime žrtva vittima 犠牲 피해자 slachtoffer offer ofiara vítima жертва offer ผู้เคราะห์ร้าย kurban nạn nhân 受害者

victim

n. victima.

victim

n víctima; I'm not a victim, I'm a survivor!..No soy víctima, !Soy sobreviviente!
References in classic literature ?
Nietzsche's obvious moral, however, is that great scientists and thinkers, once they have reached the wall encircling scepticism and have thereby learned to recover their confidence in the act of believing, as such, usually manifest the change in their outlook by falling victims to the narrowest and most superstitious of creeds.
As the swine flu season has concluded but not before affecting thousands of people in the province, experts fear that they (swine flu patients) were at greater risk of falling victim to dengue.
We know nationally there tends to be an over representation of older residents falling victim to a wide range of scams and we see a similar pattern here in the ACT, Minister Rattenbury said.
Nishtar's Senior Registrar Dr Abdul Khaliq said due to lack of vaccination people were falling victim to the disease in a large number.
Due to the recurrence of many Omanis falling victim to cheating and fraud in the form of electronic or traditional business transactions from outside the Sultanate, the ministry calls upon Omanis abroad not to conclude any business transactions without having legal guarantees in place that safeguard their rights.
Holidaymakers have been warned to beware of falling victim to online fraud.
A NEW campaign has been launched to help prevent older people from falling victim to e-mail, telephone and postal scams.