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Definition of victim noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a person who has been attacked, injured, or killed as the result of a crime, a disease, an accident, etc. murder/rape, etc. victims accident/earthquake/famine, etc. victims AIDS/cancer/stroke, etc. victims victims of crime She was the innocent victim of an arson attack. Schools are the latest victims of cuts in public spending.
  2. 2a person who has been tricked synonym target They were the victims of a cruel hoax. see also fashion victim
  3. 3an animal or a person that is killed and offered as a sacrifice a sacrificial victim
  4. Idioms
    fall victim (to something) (formal)
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    to be injured, damaged, or killed by something Many plants have fallen victim to the sudden frost.
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