What does victim mean?

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ˈvɪk təmvic·tim

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. victimnoun

    an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance

  2. victim, dupenoun

    a person who is tricked or swindled


  1. victimnoun

    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. victimnoun

    Anyone who is harmed by another.

  3. victimnoun

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

  4. victimnoun

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

  5. victimnoun

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

  6. victimnoun

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

  7. Etymology: from the Latin victima, sacrificial animal

Webster Dictionary

  1. Victimnoun

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

  2. Victimnoun

    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. Victimnoun

    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. Victimnoun

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

  5. Etymology: [L. victima: cf. F. victime.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Victim

    vik′tim, n. a living being offered as a sacrifice: some thing or person destroyed in the pursuit of an object: a person suffering injury: a dupe.—n. Victimīsā′tion.—v.t. Vic′timīse, to make a victim of: to cheat.—n. Vic′timīser, a swindler. [Fr.,—L. victima, a beast for sacrifice, adorned with the fillet—vincīre, to bind.]

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of victim in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of victim in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of victim in a Sentence

  1. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez:

    We are not here to judge the countries and societies of other countries, today, Venezuela is the victim of international bullying from the right ... we do not need anyone's charity. Venezuela is a dignified country.

  2. Major Scott Champagne:

    Investigators will often say that we speak for those who can’t speak for themselves, we become the victim’s voice. I spent a lot of time with Lori’s family over the course of this investigation, which lasted several years. Some of those conversations were intelligence-gathering for the investigators. Other parts of those conversations were reassurance to the family that we would get the job done.

  3. Volkswagen Group:

    As expected, VW's five-year capex planning has not become a victim of the company's efficiency program which is, among other things, aiming at 5 billion euros of efficiency gains at the VW brand by 2018.

  4. Amerie Jo Garza:

    I just want to know what she did to be a victim.

  5. Timothy Furnish:

    I expect more parodies because people – including Europeans and especially the French – are fed up with Islamic intolerance and victim-card playing.

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    come out into view, as from concealment
    • A. attend
    • B. emerge
    • C. doom
    • D. demolish

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