- 1A person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action: victims of domestic violence earthquake victimsMore example sentences
- 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 hoaxMore example sentences
dupe, easy target, easy prey, fair game, sitting target, everybody's fool, stooge, gull, fool, Aunt Sally; target, prey, quarry, object, subject, recipient, focus• informal sitting duck, sucker, fall guy, pushover, soft touch, easy touch, chump, muggins, charlieAustralian/New Zealand • informal dill
- 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 person who has come to feel helpless and passive in the face of misfortune or ill-treatment: I saw myself as a victim [as modifier]: a victim mentalityMore example sentences
- In the real world, the people of Liverpool have no more of a victim mentality than the people of Norwich.
- Yet we know that even in such utterly abject circumstances, these people were not simply passive victims.
- But women have never been simply passive victims of either side of this process.
- 1.3A living creature killed as a religious sacrifice: sacrificial victims for the ritual festivalsMore example sentences
- 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?
fall victim to
- Be hurt, killed, damaged, or destroyed by: he fell victim to a fatal blood infectionMore 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.
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- He is the most famously self-indulgent wallower in a contemporary neurosis: making a shrine of your imagined victimhood for others to bow down to.
- The assumption that underlies Moore's work is that victims have greater moral authority than anyone else, simply by virtue of their victimhood.
- Isn't it possible that a person's reaction to being a victim can be so excessive that it cancels out the relevance of their victimhood to the commission of the crime?
late 15th century (denoting a creature killed as a religious sacrifice): from Latin victima.