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
More example sentences
- 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?
- 1fall 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.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.