Use the word victim to describe someone who has been wronged or harmed, like the victim of the armed robbery or the stores that went out of business, victims of the slow economy.

The noun victim refers to a person who has been harmed by a crime, accident, or other adverse circumstances, such as a victim of a tsunami or a victim of domestic violence. It can also refer to someone has been tricked or swindled, like when you paid $2 for a candy bar that should only have cost a dollar — you were the victim of someone's scheme to pocket half the money from the candy bar sale.

Definitions of victim

n an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance

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Saint Thomas a Becket
(Roman Catholic Church) archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170; murdered following his opposition to Henry II's attempts to control the clergy (1118-1170)
Saint George
Christian martyr; patron saint of England; hero of the legend of Saint George and the Dragon in which he slew a dragon and saved a princess (?-303)
Jeanne d'Arc
French heroine and military leader inspired by religious visions to organize French resistance to the English and to have Charles VII crowned king; she was later tried for heresy and burned at the stake (1412-1431)
Saint Lawrence
Roman martyr; supposedly Lawrence was ordered by the police to give up the church's treasure and when he responded by presenting the poor people of Rome he was roasted to death on a gridiron (died in 258)
William Tindale
English translator and Protestant martyr; his translation of the Bible into English (which later formed the basis for the King James Version) aroused ecclesiastical opposition; he left England in 1524 and was burned at the stake in Antwerp as a heretic (1494-1536)
St. Vitus
Christian martyr and patron of those who suffer from epilepsy and Sydenham's chorea (died around 300)
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casualty, injured party
someone injured or killed in an accident
someone injured or killed or captured or missing in a military engagement
hunted person
a person who is hunted
martyr, sufferer
one who suffers for the sake of principle
one who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty for refusing to renounce their religion
a victim of a mugging
a victim who is murdered
poor devil, wretch
someone you feel sorry for
fair game, prey, quarry, target
a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence
punching bag
a person on whom another person vents their anger
scapegoat, whipping boy
someone who is punished for the errors of others
chased, pursued
a person who is being chased
Arabic term for holy martyrs; applied by Palestinians to suicide bombers
Polycarp, Saint Polycarp, St. Polycarp
Greek bishop of Smyrna who refused to recant his Christian faith and was burned to death by pagans (circa 69-155)
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unfortunate, unfortunate person
a person who suffers misfortune

n a person who is tricked or swindled

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butt, goat, laughingstock, stooge
a victim of ridicule or pranks
chump, fall guy, fool, gull, mark, mug, patsy, soft touch, sucker
a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
a person easily deceived or cheated (especially in financial matters)
easy mark, sitting duck
a defenseless victim
April fool
the butt of a prank played on April 1st
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individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

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