victim - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    someone who has been harmed, injured, or killed as the result of a crime

    a murder victim

    1. a.
      someone who has been affected by a bad situation such as an accident or an illness
      victim of:

      500 penguins were among the victims of an oil spill.

      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

    She believes she is the victim of a media conspiracy to discredit her.

    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.