- The definition of a victim is a person who has had something bad happen to him.
- An example of a victim is a person who was killed or robbed or otherwise had a crime committed against him.
- An example of a victim is a person who was cheated out of money by a scam.
- a person or animal killed as a sacrifice to a god in a religious rite
- someone or something killed, destroyed, injured, or otherwise harmed by, or suffering from, some act, condition, or circumstance: victims of war
- a person who suffers some loss, esp. by being swindled
Origin of victimClassical Latin victima, victim, beast for sacrifice ; from Indo-European base an unverified form weik-, to separate from source Old English wig, idol, wicce, witch
- One who is harmed or killed by another, especially by someone committing a criminal or unlawful act: a victim of a mugging.
- A living creature slain and offered as a sacrifice during a religious rite.
- One who is harmed by or made to suffer under a circumstance or condition: victims of war; victims of an epidemic; victims of poverty.
- A person who is tricked, swindled, or taken advantage of: the victim of a cruel hoax.
Origin of victimLatin victima.
- (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.
- Anyone who is harmed by another.
- An aggrieved or disadvantaged party in a crime (e.g. swindle.)
- A person who suffers any other injury, loss, or damage as a result of a voluntary undertaking.
- An unfortunate person who suffers from a disaster or other adverse circumstance.
- (narratology) A character who is conquered or manipulated by a villain.
from the Latin victima, sacrificial animal