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victim

noun [C] uk   /ˈvɪk.tɪm/ us  
B2 someone or something that has been hurt, damaged, or killed or has suffered, either because of the actions of someone or something else, or because of illness or chance: to provide financial aid to hurricane/flood, etc. victims victims of crime The children are the innocent/helpless victims of the fighting. The new drug might help save the lives of cancer victims. We appear to have been the victims of a cruel practical joke. Our local hospital has become the latest victim of the cuts in government spending. fall victim to sth to be hurt, damaged, or killed because of something or someone: In 1948, Gandhi fell victim to a member of a Hindu gang. The company has fallen victim to increased competition.
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