casualty
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈkaʒ(ʊ)əlti/
Noun

casualty

  1. Something that happens by chance, especially an unfortunate event; an accident, a disaster.
    • 1756, Samuel Johnson, “The Life of Sir Thomas Browne” in Thomas Browne, Christian Morals, 2nd edition, London: J. Payne, p. xx,
      The course of his education was like that of others, such as put him little in the way of extraordinary casualties.
  2. A person suffering from injuries or who has been killed due to an accident or through an act of violence.
  3. (proscribed) Specifically, a person who has been killed (not only injured) due to an accident or through an act of violence; a fatality.
  4. (military) A person in military service who becomes unavailable for duty, for any reason (notably death, injury, illness, capture, or desertion).
  5. (British) The accident and emergency department of a hospital.
  6. An incidental charge or payment.
  7. (obsolete) Chance nature; randomness.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗:
      , NYRB 2001, vol.1, p.327-8:
      The non-necessary [causes] follow; of which, saith Fuchsius, no art can be made, by reason of their uncertainty, casualty, and multitude […]
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  • French: urgences
  • Russian: травматология



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