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victim

noun [C]     /ˈvɪk.tɪm/
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 .People who receive medical treatmentExperiencing and suffering 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 .Injuring and injuries
(Definition of victim noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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