victim


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to victim: Victim of crime

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 - 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 ?
The clergyman's shy and sensitive reserve had balked this scheme Roger Chillingworth, however,was inclined to be hardly, if at all, less satisfied with the aspect of affairs, which Providence -- using the avenger and his victim for its own purposes, and, perchance, pardoning, where it seemed most to punish -- had substituted for his black devices A revelation, he could almost say, had been granted to him.
Now they had tied their poor victim to a great post near the center of the village, directly before Mbonga's hut, and here they formed a dancing, yelling circle of warriors about him, alive with flashing knives and menacing spears.
In a third place a crowd of bees, crushing one another, attack some victim and fight and smother it, and the victim, enfeebled or killed, drops from above slowly and lightly as a feather, among the heap of corpses.
But I shall not have to wait long for my just revenge; for if you now should crop my leaves, and cut me down to my root, I shall provide the wine to pour over you when you are led as a victim to the sacrifice."
I had seen the heads and faces of ten youths gashed in every direction by the keen two-edged blades, and yet had not seen a victim wince, nor heard a moan, or detected any fleeting expression which confessed the sharp pain the hurts were inflicting.
As I was groping to remove the chain from about my victim's neck I glanced up into the darkness to see six pairs of gleaming eyes fixed, unwinking, upon me.
He was a tall, handsome man, and when he drew himself to his full height and turned those gray eyes on the victim of his wrath, as he did that day, he was very imposing.
The worthy Indian then gave some account of the victim, who, he said, was a celebrated beauty of the Parsee race, and the daughter of a wealthy Bombay merchant.
Her voice was soft and musical--Tarzan could scarce realize that its possessor in a moment more would be transformed by the fanatical ecstasy of religious zeal into a wild-eyed and bloodthirsty executioner, who, with dripping knife, would be the first to drink her victim's red, warm blood from the little golden cup that stood upon the altar.
The shrieks of the panther's victim, mingled with those of the great cat, had wrought mightily upon their poor nerves, and now the awful silence of the dark interior seemed even more terribly ominous than had the frightful screaming.
The victim was bound upon this wheel, on his knees, with his hands behind his back.
Nearly a year later, in the month of October, 18--, London was startled by a crime of singular ferocity and rendered all the more notable by the high position of the victim. The details were few and startling.