- a member of the armed forces lost to service through death, wounds, sickness, capture, or because their whereabouts or condition cannot be determined.
- casualties, loss in numerical strength through any cause, as death, wounds, sickness, capture, or desertion.
Origin of casualty
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH casualtycasualty , causality
How to use casualty in a sentence
Crashes resulting in mass casualties like this one follow a different trajectory, but the end result is the same.How We Keep Riding After the Nevada Cycling Deaths|Eben Weiss|December 22, 2020|Outside Online
Still, he acknowledges that the quinoa boom had its casualties.The quinoa evangelist|Katie McLean|December 18, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Quibi got taken outThis year marked the first casualty of the streaming wars, though Quibi was really the casualty of the company’s own making.How the future of TV was reshaped by 2020|Tim Peterson|December 16, 2020|Digiday
The American Alpine Club publishes a book listing and evaluating each year’s climbing casualties.I Hit a Cyclist with My Car|Brooke Warren|October 28, 2020|Outside Online
In a multiethnic, multicultural and increasingly crowded democracy, respecting commonality while acknowledging differences has been the surest way of moving forward — but it has become a casualty of rising American anger.American Anger: Too Hot to Handle?|Nick Fouriezos|September 27, 2020|Ozy
Thankfully there were no casualties—the driver managed to stop the train immediately.Is Putin Turning to Terrorism in Ukraine?|Anna Nemtsova|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Walking Dead piled up an impressive body count in 2014, with Lizzie, Hershel, and Beth among its major casualties.The Red Viper, Zoe Barnes, and the Best Fictional Deaths of 2014|Melissa Leon|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Among the casualties with the most dangerous implications for their future is education.The Radio Battle to Educate Ebola’s Kids|Abby Haglage|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like Cohen, many of these casualties were white Democrats from below the Mason-Dixon Line.Southern Dems Won’t Rise Again|Ben Jacobs|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But IBC is also a fair bit more inclusive in its definition of war casualties.ISIS Fighters Are Killing Faster than Statisticians Can Count|Peter Schwartzstein|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He has straightened out his line on the left; after a fierce fight which has cost him no less than 700 fresh casualties.
That will give us time to turn about us, and to prepare ourselves against similar unpleasant casualties.
The American casualties that day, due solely to the morning skirmishes, amounted to four killed and thirty wounded.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
I have no reserves in base depots now, while the operations we are engaged in are such that heavy casualties are to be expected.
Since the number of casualties was extremely high during this battle, Jackson allowed Banks to bury his dead the following day.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey