Definition of victim in English:
1A person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action.
- Here is the man who is first to raise money or organise events to help victims of crime or the needy, a man with human compassion.
- It estimates that one woman in four now suffers as a victim of domestic violence.
- Tragic mums whose children were victims of gun crime were today gathering at a unique event to tackle armed gangs.
1.1A person who is tricked or duped: the victim of a hoax
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- Among the victims he duped were people from Lancashire, Bury and Nottinghamshire.
- Now fraudsters are applying similar tricks against potential enterprise victims.
- The latest MyTob email worms have adopted fresh tactics in an attempt to trick victims.
1.2A living creature killed as a religious sacrifice.
- The captives were then used as sacrificial victims to the gods of the victor; one ritual feeding another.
- Legend records that at the dedication of the former some 20000 human victims were sacrificed.
- If not, and if some want to draw lots to choose a sacrificial victim, may they force everyone to join in?
late 15th century (denoting a creature killed as a religious sacrifice): from Latin victima.
fall victim to
- Be hurt, killed, damaged, or destroyed by: many streams have fallen victim to the recent droughtMore example sentences
- A mother whose young daughter allegedly fell victim to the abuse condemned the BNP for turning her ordeal into a race issue.
- A 16-year-old boy was left with a black eye and facial bruising after falling victim to what appears to have been the first reported incident of its kind in the borough.
- I am concerned that companies are falling victim to online commercial extortion and we are not being told.