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victimnoun [C]

uk   /ˈvɪk.tɪm/  us   /ˈvɪk.təm/
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 ​providefinancialaid to ​hurricane/​flood, etc. victims victims of ​crime The ​children are the ​innocent/​helpless victims of the ​fighting. The new ​drug might ​helpsave the ​lives of ​cancer victims. We ​appear to have been the victims of a ​cruelpracticaljoke. Our ​localhospital has ​become the ​latest victim of the ​cuts in ​governmentspending.
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 ​Hindugang. The ​company has ​fallen victim to ​increasedcompetition.

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(Definition of victim from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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victimnoun [C]

 us   /ˈvɪk·təm/
a ​person who has ​suffered the ​effects of ​violence or ​illness or ​badluck: an ​accident victim She’s just a victim of ​circumstances beyond her ​control.
victimization
noun [U]  us   /ˌvɪk·tə·məˈzeɪ·ʃən/
Nationalreports of victimization show a ​decline in ​certainkinds of ​crime.
victimize
verb [T]  us   /ˈvɪk·təˌmɑɪz/
One ​surveyshowed the ​number of ​companies victimized by ​computertheftrose to 83 ​percent this ​year.
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Translations of “victim”
in Korean 피해자, 희생자…
in Arabic ضَحِيّة…
in Malaysian mangsa…
in French victime…
in Russian жертва…
in Chinese (Traditional) 受害者, 罹難者, 犧牲者…
in Italian vittima…
in Turkish kurban…
in Polish ofiara…
in Spanish víctima…
in Vietnamese nạn nhân…
in Portuguese vítima…
in Thai เหยื่อ…
in German das Opfer…
in Catalan víctima…
in Japanese 犠牲者…
in Chinese (Simplified) 受害者, 罹难者, 牺牲者…
in Indonesian korban…
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