victim (plural victims)
- One that is harmed—killed, injured, subjected to oppression, deceived, or otherwise adversely affected—by someone or something, especially another person or event, force, or condition; in particular:
- the youngest victims of the brutal war
- victim of a bad decision by a rushed and overworked judge
- 2014, Holger H. Herwig, The First World War: Germany and Austria-Hungary 1914-1918, A&C Black (ISBN 9781472510815), page 116:
- Flexibility, one of the hallmarks of German military doctrine, was a victim of the war.
- One who is harmed or killed by a crime or scam.
- victims of assault; the murderer's victims
- became another victim of the latest scam
- One who is harmed or killed by an accident or illness.
- a fundraiser for victims of AIDS; a victim of a car crash
- One who is harmed or killed as a result of other people's biases, emotions or incompetence, or their own.
- a victim of his own pride; a victim of her own incompetence
- the newcomer never managed to make friends, a victim of the town's deep distrust of outsiders
- a victim of sexism; victims of a racist system
- One who is harmed or killed as a result of a natural or man-made disaster or impersonal condition.
- relief efforts to help victims of the hurricane
- victim of an optical illusion; victim of a string of bad luck
- local businesses were the main victims of the economic downturn
- 1970 March 12, United States House Committee on Education and Labor, Summary of Legislative Action of the House Education and Labor Committee for the 91st Congress (1st Session) / Educational Technology Act of 1969: Hearing, Ninety-first Congress, Second Session on H.R. 8838 ... March 12, 1970:
- To some extent the schools and colleges are victims of conditions beyond their control: rapid population growth and mobility, country; to-city migration, unpredictable economic and social changes wrought by technology, […]
- A living being which is slain and offered as a sacrifice, usually in a religious rite.
- French: victime
- German: Opfer
- Italian: vittima
- Portuguese: vítima, sacrifício
- Russian: же́ртва
- Spanish: víctima, sacrificio