- vic|timW2S2 [ˈvıktım] n[Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: victima 'person or animal killed as a religious offering']1.) someone who has been attacked, robbed, or murdered▪ The victim received head injuries from which she died a week later.rape/murder etc victim▪ Most homicide victims are under 30.victim of▪ victims of crime▪ a credit card fraud ring that stole millions of dollars from unsuspecting victims2.) someone who suffers because of something bad that happens or because of an illnessvictim of▪ victims of age discrimination▪ He was the victim of an administrative error.▪ a massive aid programme for the famine victims▪ AIDS victims and other patients who are terminally ill▪ All these people are innocent victims .▪ He was used to being in charge, not being the victim of circumstance .▪ Saying that the unemployed 'don't want to work' is a classic case of blaming the victim .3.) fall victim to sthwrittena) to be attacked, killed etc, or to get a particular illness, especially one that kills▪ One theory is that the hostages fell victim to bandits.b) to be badly affected or destroyed by a situation▪ Many small businesses have fallen victim to the recession.4.) be a victim of its own successto be badly affected by some unexpected results of being very successful▪ There are now so many tourists that the area has become a victim of its own success.5.) sacrificial victima person or animal that is killed and offered as a ↑sacrifice (=gift) to a god6.) fashion/style victimsomeone who always wears the most fashionable clothes even if they do not look good in them▬▬▬▬▬▬▬COLLOCATES for sense 2be the victim of somethingfamine/earthquake/flood etc victimcancer/AIDS etc victimaccident/crash victiminnocent victimvictim of circumstance (=someone who suffers because of something they cannot control)victim mentality (=when someone always thinks of themselves as a victim)blame the victim▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.