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.
one who is injured or killed in an accident: There were no casualties in the traffic accident.
any person, group, thing, etc., that is harmed or destroyed as a result of some act or event: Their house was a casualty of the fire.
a serious accident, especially one involving bodily injury or death.
- casualty , causality
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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.
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.
The American Alpine Club publishes a book listing and evaluating each year’s climbing casualties.
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.
Thankfully there were no casualties—the driver managed to stop the train immediately.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Among the casualties with the most dangerous implications for their future is education.
Like Cohen, many of these casualties were white Democrats from below the Mason-Dixon Line.
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 | THE 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.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
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.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
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
British Dictionary definitions for casualty
a serviceman who is killed, wounded, captured, or missing as a result of enemy action
a person who is injured or killed in an accident
a hospital department in which victims of accidents, violence, etc, are treated
anything that is lost, damaged, or destroyed as the result of an accident, etc
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