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noun [countable] victim pronunciation in British English /ˈvɪktɪm/
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  1. 1
    someone who has been harmed, injured, or killed as the result of a crime
    a murder victim
    victim of: victims of domestic violence/sexual assault
    1. a.
      someone who has been affected by a bad situation such as an accident or an illness
      flood/earthquake victims
      victim of: 500 penguins were among the victims of an oil spill.
      an operation for victims of head injuries
      fall victim to something (=become a victim): She fell victim to a rare disease.
  2. 2
    someone who has suffered as a result of the actions or negative attitudes of someone else or of people in general
    victim of: victims of racism/discrimination
    She believes she is the victim of a media conspiracy to discredit her.
    The reporters felt they were innocent victims of a political decision.
    1. a.
      something that is badly affected by a situation, a decision etc
      victim of: A microprocessor plant in Scotland is the latest victim of the economic downturn.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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