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Definitions for victim
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


  1. Victim

    Victim was the second single from Eighteen Visions self-titled album. The song was featured as the theme song to WWE Vengeance, and has had much airplay on the radio stations. The CD was not released as a single, but rather as a promo, for radio, and collectors.


  1. victim

    A victim is a person who has been harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action. This term can also refer to a person who is tricked or duped, or someone who has suffered a negative event, especially a great loss.

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. W. H. Auden:

    Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.

  2. John W. Gardner:

    Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the nonpharmaceutical narcotics it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.

  3. Frederick Douglas:

    What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July I answer A day that reveals to him, more than all other days of the year, the gross injustices and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him your celebration is a sham.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.

  5. Geoffrey Berman:

    Ray put a knife to one male victimsthroat, brandished a knife and threatened to dismember another male victim, grabbed a third male victim around the neck until he passed out, slapped a female victim and grabbed another female victim by her head before shoving her to the ground, after enduring Rays abuse, seven of his victims falsely confessed to having harmed or attempted to harm Ray. Ray, who sometimes recorded these false confessions, then used these false confessions to extort money from his victims.

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