Definition of

Victim

  1. (noun, person) an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance
  2. (noun, person) a person who is tricked or swindled

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Victim

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Origin of the word Victim

  1. late 15c., "living creature killed and offered as a sacrifice to a deity or supernatural power," from L. victima "person or animal killed as a sacrifice." Perhaps distantly connected to O.E. wig "idol," Goth. weihs "holy," Ger. weihen "consecrate" (cf. Weihnachten "Christmas") on notion of "a consecrated animal." Sense of "person who is hurt, … more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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