noun Etymology: Latin victima; perhaps akin to Old High German wīh holy Date: 15th century 1. a living being sacrificed to a deity or in the performance of a religious rite 2. one that is acted on and usually adversely affected by a force or agent <
the schools are victims of the social system
: as a. (1) one that is injured, destroyed, or sacrificed under any of various conditions <
a victim of cancer
a victim of the auto crash
a murder victim
(2) one that is subjected to oppression, hardship, or mistreatment <
a frequent victim of political attacks
b. one that is tricked or duped <
a con man's victim
victimhood noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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