April 26, 2005

OED's def. for Victim

Just in case anyone is interested this is the current OED online dictionary's definition for victim:

victim, n.
1. a. A living creature killed and offered as a sacrifice to some deity or supernatural power
b. Applied to Christ as an offering for mankind.
2. a. A person who is put to death or subjected to torture by another; one who suffers severely in body or property through cruel or oppressive treatment.
b. One who is reduced or destined to suffer under some oppressive or destructive agency.
c. One who perishes or suffers in health, etc., from some enterprise or pursuit voluntarily undertaken
d. In weaker sense: One who suffers some injury, hardship, or loss, is badly treated or taken advantage of, etc.

Posted by at April 26, 2005 1:04 PM