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. You can also use this word figuratively: if a local elementary school loses funding for their art classes and after-school activities, you can say that the students are casualties of budget cuts.

Definitions of casualty
  1. noun
    someone injured or killed in an accident
    synonyms: injured party
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    victim
    an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance
  2. noun
    someone injured or killed or captured or missing in a military engagement
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    victim
    an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance
  3. noun
    an accident that causes someone to die
    synonyms: fatal accident
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    collateral damage
    (euphemism) inadvertent casualties and destruction inflicted on civilians in the course of military operations
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    accident
    an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury
    fatality, human death
    a death resulting from an accident or a disaster
  4. noun
    a decrease of military personnel or equipment
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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)
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    decrease, drop-off, lessening
    a change downward
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