noun, plural cas·u·al·ties.
- a member of the armed forces lost to service through death, wounds, sickness, capture, or because his or her whereabouts or condition cannot be determined.
- casualties,loss in numerical strength through any cause, as death, wounds, sickness, capture, or desertion.
- casual contact,
- casual friday,
- casualty insurance,
Origin of casualty
Examples from the Web for casualty
Aside from casualty figures, the books told me very little about what happened to the people.Truman’s Grandson & Japan’s A-Bomb Survivors: A Story of Reconciliation|Clifton Truman Daniel|August 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But that era is ending, a casualty of newspaper economics and a changing society.
The second casualty of the indictment and trial of Olmert is the Kadima party.Ehud Olmert’s Sentencing Won’t Be a Day of Reckoning for Israel’s Leaders|Alon Ben-Meir|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I wondered what the casualty officers would say to loved ones if they asked to see the ceremony.
The re-positioning on issues that Priebus favored has fallen by the wayside, a casualty of the internal wars within the party.RNC Chair Reince Priebus Proclaims A Republican Tsunami Will Sweep Washington In 2014|Eleanor Clift|March 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sisters at the Casualty Clearing Station—they understood.The Glory of the Trenches|Coningsby Dawson
We made our voyage without any casualty, landed our convicts in Hobart Town, and then set forth on our return home.A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder|James De Mille
Otherwise, this simple winter casualty may be as serious and painful as a bad burn.If You're Going to Live in the Country|Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
Several of us were just going out to the traps one afternoon when the casualty occurred.The Home of the Blizzard|Douglas Mawson
Out of this train fire was opened on those who had already crossed, but no casualty occurred.Through Shot and Flame|J. D. Kestell.
noun plural -ties
early 15c., "chance, accident; incidental charge," from casual (adj.) on model of royalty, penalty, etc. Casuality had some currency 16c.-17c. but is now obsolete. Meaning "losses in numbers from a military or other troop" is from late 15c. Meaning "an individual killed, wounded, or lost in battle" is from 1844.