(Latin: victima, an animal or a human that is offered as a sacrifice to a god; perhaps a religiously consecrated creature)
2. Someone who is hurt, or killed, by another person or something; especially, in a crime, accident, or disaster; such as, a murder victim.
3. Someone who is adversely affected by an action, or circumstance, whether by a human or as a result of some natural cause.
4. Anyone who is tricked or exploited.
5. A live human, or animal, used as a sacrifice or in a religious rite.
6. Etymology: "a living creature killed and offered as a sacrifice to a deity or supernatural power"; borrowed from Middle French victime, and directly from Latin victima, "person" or "animal killed as a sacrifice", or "any sacrifice".
It might be distantly connected to Old English wig, "idol" with the notion of "a consecrated animal".
The meaning of "a person who is hurt, tortured, or killed by someone" is first recorded in 1660; while the meaning of "a person oppressed by some power or situation" is from 1718. The weaker sense of "a person taken advantage of" is recorded from 1781.
2. A descriptive term referring to someone who can be injured or killed, as by a misfortune or a calamity.
2. An act that exploits or victimizes someone or which treats that person unfairly.
3. An unwarranted singling out of an individual, or group, for subjection to crime, exploitation, tort, unfair treatment, or other wrong doing.
2. To single a person out unfairly for punishment or for ill treatment: Three teenage boys victimized a woman by demanding that she give them the money that she had in her purse and when she refused, they knocked her down and ran off with her purse.
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2. A reference to a crime in which there is no injured party; for example, there are people who believe that gambling and prostitution are victimless crimes: "In a victimless crime, no one suffers directly, sometimes because the people affected by the crime have agreed to take part in it."