Definitions for victimˈvɪk təm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vic•timˈvɪk təm(n.)

  1. a person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action or agency:

    war victims.

  2. a person who is deceived or cheated:

    the victims of a fraudulent scheme.

  3. a living creature sacrificed in religious rites.

Origin of victim:

1490–1500; < L victima sacrificial animal

Princeton's WordNet

  1. victim(noun)

    an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance

  2. victim, dupe(noun)

    a person who is tricked or swindled

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. victim(noun)ˈvɪk təm

    sb who has suffered or died as a result of sth bad happening

    the murder victim; victims of violent crime; earthquake victims; a victim of age discrimination


  1. victim(Noun)

    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. victim(Noun)

    Anyone who is harmed by another.

  3. victim(Noun)

    An aggrieved or disadvantaged party in a crime (e.g. swindle.)

  4. victim(Noun)

    A person who suffers any other injury, loss, or damage as a result of a voluntary undertaking.

  5. victim(Noun)

    An unfortunate person who suffers from a disaster or other adverse circumstance.

  6. victim(Noun)

    Narratology. A character who is conquered or manipulated by a villain.

  7. Origin: from the Latin victima, sacrificial animal

Webster Dictionary

  1. Victim(noun)

    a living being sacrificed to some deity, or in the performance of a religious rite; a creature immolated, or made an offering of

  2. Victim(noun)

    a person or thing destroyed or sacrificed in the pursuit of an object, or in gratification of a passion; as, a victim to jealousy, lust, or ambition

  3. Victim(noun)

    a person or living creature destroyed by, or suffering grievous injury from, another, from fortune or from accident; as, the victim of a defaulter; the victim of a railroad accident

  4. Victim(noun)

    hence, one who is duped, or cheated; a dupe; a gull


  1. Victim

    Victim is a British drama film directed by Basil Dearden, starring Dirk Bogarde and Sylvia Syms. It is notable in film history for being the first English language film to use the word "homosexual". The world premiere was at the Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square on 31 August 1961. On its release in the United Kingdom it proved highly controversial and was initially banned in the United States.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'victim' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2562

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'victim' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4685

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'victim' in Nouns Frequency: #682

Translations for victim

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who receives ill-treatment, injury etc

a murder victim; Food is being sent to the victims of the disaster.

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