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Dictionary Definition

victim

Noun

1 an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance
2 a person who is tricked or swindled [syn: dupe]

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English

Etymology

from the Latin victima, sacrificial animal

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. italbrac 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.
  2. Anyone who is physically harmed by another.
  3. An aggrieved or disadvantaged party in a crime (e.g. swindle.)
  4. A person who suffers any other injury, loss, or damage as a result of a voluntary undertaking.
  5. An unfortunate person who suffers from a disaster or other adverse circumstance.
  6. Narratology. A character who is conquered or manipulated by a villain.

Translations

a living creature which is slain and offered as human or animal sacrifice
  • Croatian: žrtva
  • Czech: oběť
  • Danish : offer, slagteoffer
  • Russian: жертва
  • Spanish: víctima
anyone who is physically harmed by another
  • Croatian: žrtva
  • Danish : offer
  • Hungarian: áldozat
  • Russian: жертва
  • Spanish: víctima
an aggrieved or disadvantaged party in a crime
  • Croatian: žrtva
  • Czech: oběť
  • Danish : offer
  • Russian: жертва
  • Spanish: víctima
a person who suffers any other injury, loss, or damage as a result of a voluntary undertaking
  • Croatian: žrtva
  • Danish : offer
  • Russian: жертва
  • Spanish: víctima
an unfortunate person who suffers from a disaster or other adverse circumstance
  • Croatian: žrtva
  • Danish : offer
  • Russian: жертва
  • Spanish: víctima
(Narratology) a character who is conquered or manipulated by a villain
  • Croatian: žrtva
  • Danish : offer
  • Russian: жертва
  • Spanish: víctima

Extensive Definition

Victim or victims may refer to:

In literature

In cinema

  • Victim, a 1961 film featuring Dirk Bogarde
  • The Victim, a 1980 film by Sammo Hung
  • The Victim, a 2006 Thai horror-thriller by Monthon Arayangkoon

In music

  • The Victims, a punk band from Perth in Western Australia and Southern England.
  • Victim, a single by Eighteen Visions
  • Victim a song from Kate DeAraugo's album A Place I've Never Been & "A place I've never Seen"
  • Victims, a song by the New Wave Band Culture Club
victim in German: Opfer
victim in Latvian: Upuris
victim in Dutch: Offer
victim in Polish: Ofiara

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

also-ran, babe, beasts of venery, big game, boob, booby, butt, byword, byword of reproach, casualty, chump, cinch, credulous person, cull, defeatee, derision, duck, dupe, easy mark, easy pickings, fair game, fall guy, figure of fun, fish, fool, game, game loser, gazingstock, goat, gobe-mouches, good loser, good sport, greener, greenhorn, greeny, gudgeon, gull, hard-luck guy, hardcase, innocent, jest, jestingstock, joke, kill, laughingstock, leadpipe cinch, loser, mark, martyr, mockery, monkey, object of compassion, offering, patsy, pigeon, plaything, poor devil, poor unfortunate, prey, prize sap, pushover, quarry, sacrifice, sad sack, sap, saphead, scapegoat, schlemiel, schlimazel, sitting duck, sport, stock, stooge, sucker, sufferer, sure loser, target, the hunted, the vanquished, toy, trusting soul, underdog, unfortunate, venery, wretch
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