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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.
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the state of being a victim
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[ˈvɪktɪmhʊd] nstatut m de victime
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