hapless, helpless, innocent, poor, unfortunate, unwilling

He defrauded his innocent victims of millions.

unsuspecting, unwitting

Tourists are easy victims for pickpockets.


In his fantasies, women became passive and sometimes even willing victims.

intended, potential

The intended victims were selected because they seemed vulnerable.


Boys are the primary victims of corporal punishment.

child, elderly, young

the child victims of the war

female, male
AIDS, cancer, heart-attack, plague, stroke
burn (esp. AmE), burns (BrE)
genocide, Holocaust
bomb, bombing
accident, crash
disaster, earthquake, famine, flood, hurricane, tsunami

The government is sending aid to flood victims.

abuse, assault, crime, domestic-violence, homicide (esp. AmE), identity-theft, incest, kidnap, lynching (esp. AmE), murder, rape, terror, torture, etc.

The helpline takes calls from child-abuse victims.

the failure to protect domestic-violence victims


She's a fashion victim (= wears the newest fashions even if they do not suit her).

be, become, fall

ways to avoid becoming a victim of fraud

Her son fell victim to tuberculosis.

portray sb as

In his trial, he tried to portray himself as the victim of an uncaring society.


The train crash claimed its tenth victim yesterday when the driver died in hospital.


a bill aimed at compensating victims of air pollution


The cut in benefits for the unemployed is a classic case of blaming the victim.

aid, assist, help
rescue, save

He managed to lure victims into his car.

choose, select, target

He targeted younger victims, often single women.


Not all victims have been identified yet.

commemorate, honour/honor, remember

a service to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks

survive (sth)
suffer (sth)

The victim suffered severe cuts to the upper lip.

culture, mentality

This victim mentality is sadly all too prevalent in our country.


groups claiming victim status

impact statement

states which allow victims to make a victim impact statement

advocate (AmE)
victim of

They were the victims of a cruel hoax.

play the victim

Stop playing the victim—you knew exactly what was happening.

a victim of your/its own success

The small company became a victim of its own success when it could not supply all its orders on time.

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