- a person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action or agency: a victim of an automobile accident.
- a person who is deceived or cheated, as by his or her own emotions or ignorance, by the dishonesty of others, or by some impersonal agency: a victim of misplaced confidence; the victim of a swindler; a victim of an optical illusion.
- a person or animal sacrificed or regarded as sacrificed: war victims.
- a living creature sacrificed in religious rites.
Origin of victim
Related Words for victimmartyr, fatality, casualty, sufferer, gudgeon, underdog, stooge, pawn, gull, immolation, dupe, patsy, mark, wretch, prey, innocent, pushover, sacrifice, fool, scapegoat
Examples from the Web for victim
Contemporary Examples of victim
And in so many of these events, the pattern of “blame the victim” was quickly in evidence.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
January 4, 2015
The victim, whom The Daily Beast is not naming, asked what Williams wanted and the pastor allegedly “reached in and grabbed him.”Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault
December 21, 2014
Men ages 18 to 24 enrolled in college were more likely to become a victim.
Non-students (at 3.1 per 1,000) were 1.5 times more likely to be a victim of a completed rape than students (2.0 per 1,000).
Breitbart forced her to correct a small part of her story, but witch hunts like these will leave every victim cowering.The Right's Rape Trolls vs. Lena Dunham
December 10, 2014
Historical Examples of victim
He was not naturally bad, but he had fallen a victim to sudden temptation.Brave and Bold
Major John Postell had been pitched upon as the first victim.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
He had been defied, trapped, made a victim of the gang who had killed his most valued informer.
Between him and her as the victim of the law, there could be no hesitation for choice.
"You'll have to cut down your victim before I get there," grinned Chip.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
- a person or thing that suffers harm, death, etc, from another or from some adverse act, circumstance, etcvictims of tyranny
- a person who is tricked or swindled; dupe
- a living person or animal sacrificed in a religious rite
Word Origin for victim
late 15c., "living creature killed and offered as a sacrifice to a deity or supernatural power," from Latin victima "person or animal killed as a sacrifice." Perhaps distantly connected to Old English wig "idol," Gothic weihs "holy," German weihen "consecrate" (cf. Weihnachten "Christmas") on notion of "a consecrated animal." Sense of "person who is hurt, tortured, or killed by another" is first recorded 1650s; meaning "person oppressed by some power or situation" is from 1718. Weaker sense of "person taken advantage of" is recorded from 1781.