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victim

Definition of victim

Etymology

    from the Latin victima, sacrificial animal

Pronunciation

Noun

victim (plural victims)

  1. (original sense) A living creature which is slain and offered as human or animal sacrifice, usually in a religious rite; by extension, the transfigurated body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist.
  2. Anyone who is physically harmed by another.
  3. An aggrieved or disadvantaged party in a crime (e.g. swindle.)
  4. A person who suffers any other injury, loss, or damage as a result of a voluntary undertaking.
  5. An unfortunate person who suffers from a disaster or other adverse circumstance.
  6. Narratology. A character who is conquered or manipulated by a villain.

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.



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