Definition of victim in English:

victim

noun

  • 1A person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action:

    ‘victims of domestic violence’
    ‘earthquake victims’
    • ‘Dr Lewis warned that victims of street crime could also suffer if public phones in the town were taken away.’
    • ‘The victim he saw lying dead by a fox's lair would have been either a victim of a road accident or the victim of a youth with an airgun.’
    • ‘The victim of deteriorating mental health in his later life, he died in a mental hospital.’
    • ‘It estimates that one woman in four now suffers as a victim of domestic violence.’
    • ‘He also has the experience of saving many a life by rushing the victims of several accidents to hospital.’
    • ‘Tragic mums whose children were victims of gun crime were today gathering at a unique event to tackle armed gangs.’
    • ‘One of the key findings of the survey revealed fear of being a victim of violent crime did not make it into the top three.’
    • ‘This foundation supports child victims of violent crime and sudden loss of family.’
    • ‘I wanted to give priority to the defense of immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence.’
    • ‘More than half of all workers in the region's local shops have been the victims of violent crime, a new survey has claimed.’
    • ‘Help groups have praised a campaign urging victims of domestic violence not to suffer in silence.’
    • ‘He was all ready to shaft the asbestos victims as he had the workers and other accident victims.’
    • ‘Researchers at the University of York are studying the differing reactions of crime victims to their trauma.’
    • ‘Also, victims of violent crime are having to wait far too long to receive their compensation.’
    • ‘He also helped set up the restorative justice scheme, whereby young offenders meet the victims of their crimes.’
    • ‘The Nazis who ran the camp tried to hide their crimes by marching their victims away.’
    • ‘The first two offences are committed only when a victim has suffered harm as a result of the criminal conduct.’
    • ‘Some manage to avoid insurance payments to cover the cost of compensating accident victims.’
    • ‘I live in fear of being a victim of violent crime every time I step out of the door.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last month funding was secured for another year to run confidential help-lines for victims of hate crimes.’
    • ‘The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.’
    • ‘Residents of North Yorkshire are half as likely to be the victim of a violent crime as people in the country as a whole.’
    sufferer, injured party, casualty, injured person, wounded person
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    1. 1.1 A person who is tricked or duped:
      ‘the victim of a hoax’
      • ‘Hampshire police are launching a new campaign to cut down on the number of victims who fall prey to conmen and bogus callers.’
      • ‘They are gulled by the oldest trick of all, the one that gets the victim to look somewhere else.’
      • ‘If that had any influence on me writing this, then I have just been the victim of subliminal advertising.’
      • ‘Michael Jackson is just one of the victims in this deadly game of diversion.’
      • ‘With embarrassment, feeling a fool, I admit I was a victim of a Nigerian fraud.’
      • ‘But when he arrived in Delhi last July he discovered he was the victim of a hoax.’
      • ‘The sheer expense of such an enterprise would mean the victim would never really suspect he was being tricked.’
      • ‘Malev has been the victim of a recent spate of bomb hoaxes and police are investigating.’
      • ‘The latest MyTob email worms have adopted fresh tactics in an attempt to trick victims.’
      • ‘Anyone who has been the victim of psychological mind games will feel a cold shiver of recognition.’
      • ‘The latest victim to fall prey to a false chain mail campaign is the Coca-Cola Company.’
      • ‘Among the victims he duped were people from Lancashire, Bury and Nottinghamshire.’
      • ‘In a bid to prevent further victims being targeted, a new scheme has been launched with banks and building societies.’
      • ‘Now fraudsters are applying similar tricks against potential enterprise victims.’
      • ‘The counterpoint is that neat gamble; that all the victims have to do is ask if it's a trick.’
      • ‘In the cleverest financial or art frauds the victims do not even know they were duped.’
      • ‘An initiative to stop bogus callers preying on elderly victims has been launched in Basildon today.’
      • ‘I've seen it a million times in the clubs and been the victim of it a fair few times on the street.’
      dupe, easy target, easy prey, fair game, sitting target, everybody's fool, stooge, gull, fool, aunt sally
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    2. 1.2 A 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 mentality’
      • ‘Yet we know that even in such utterly abject circumstances, these people were not simply passive victims.’
      • ‘It would be easier to deal with Ms Rice as a helpless victim oppressed by a bunch of white bigots.’
      • ‘In the real world, the people of Liverpool have no more of a victim mentality than the people of Norwich.’
      • ‘It made uncertainty a principle of government and reduced the regime's victims to helplessness.’
      • ‘Requesting the state to protect women appears to declare women helpless victims.’
      • ‘We want to be the capable authors of our work, not helpless victims of unplanned circumstance.’
      • ‘Unable to remain helpless victims any longer, the residents have taken up the step.’
      • ‘But women have never been simply passive victims of either side of this process.’
      • ‘Franklin lies to Maria about the amounts and risks involved, but she is not a passive victim.’
      • ‘The predominant view of children from separated families is as vulnerable victims.’
      • ‘Essentially, you, the helpless victim, are in control of one or more castles.’
      • ‘At the risk of sounding like a passive victim, I've just found myself acting in this way.’
    3. 1.3 A living creature killed as a religious sacrifice:
      ‘sacrificial victims for the ritual festivals’
      • ‘Flower Wars were among the most important method of obtaining sacrificial victims.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Inside they discover a sacrificial chamber where the human victims look to have been consumed from inside.’
      • ‘The victim had been flogged with chains and stabbed with cut glass while tied to a black wooden table in the altar room of the church.’
      • ‘The captives were then used as sacrificial victims to the gods of the victor; one ritual feeding another.’
      • ‘The ritual slaughter is justified by the doctrine that the soul of the victim went straight to heaven.’
      sacrifice, offering, burnt offering, scapegoat
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Phrases

  • fall victim to

    • Be hurt, killed, damaged, or destroyed by:

      ‘he fell victim to a fatal blood infection’
      • ‘A mother whose young daughter allegedly fell victim to the abuse condemned the BNP for turning her ordeal into a race issue.’
      • ‘If we adopt the stance that it's fine to disregard generalisations such as cultural relativism we may actually be falling victim to just such a thing.’
      • ‘I am concerned that companies are falling victim to online commercial extortion and we are not being told.’
      • ‘If accuracy and nuance sometimes fall victim to all this rhetoric, well, there's a war on, folks.’
      • ‘Adverse effects of high consumption levels, however, lead to Irish people falling victim to more accidents and violence, new research shows.’
      • ‘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.’
      fall ill with, be stricken with, become infected with, catch, develop, contract, pick up
      succumb to, be overcome by, be overwhelmed by
      come down with, go down with
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Origin

Late 15th century (denoting a creature killed as a religious sacrifice): from Latin victima.

Pronunciation:

victim

/ˈvɪktɪm/