Variant of victim
- 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: L victima, victim, beast for sacrifice from Indo-European base an unverified form weik-, to separate from source Old English wig, idol, wicce, witch
- victimhood noun
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