casualty

In wartime, you'll hear the word casualty used often for someone killed or injured. But casualty can also refer to deaths or injuries suffered in an accident or some other unfortunate event.

The term "casualties of war" has been around for a while and refers to the ugly downside of military victory. Anyone who loses life or limb, either in the fighting or as a civilian, is called a casualty. If you're feeling poetic, though, you can extend the meaning to include, say, the children of a divorce: while they don't die and aren't physically injured, their emotional suffering qualifies them to be called casualties of their parents' fighting. Driving drunk, too, results in casualties.

Definitions of casualty
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n someone injured or killed in an accident

Synonyms:
injured party
Type of:
victim
an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance

n someone injured or killed or captured or missing in a military engagement

Type of:
victim
an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance

n an accident that causes someone to die

Synonyms:
fatal accident
Types:
collateral damage
(euphemism) inadvertent casualties and destruction inflicted on civilians in the course of military operations
Type of:
accident
an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury
fatality, human death
a death resulting from an accident or a disaster

n a decrease of military personnel or equipment

Types:
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damage, equipment casualty
loss of military equipment
loss, personnel casualty
military personnel lost by death or capture
battle damage, combat casualty
loss of military equipment in battle
operational casualty, operational damage
loss of military equipment in field operations
combat injury, injury, wound
a casualty to military personnel resulting from combat
sacrifice
personnel that are sacrificed (e.g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective)
Type of:
decrease, drop-off, lessening
a change downward

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