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Definition of "casualty" []

  • An accident, especially one involving serious injury or loss of life. (noun)
  • One injured or killed in an accident: a train wreck with many casualties. (noun)
  • One injured, killed, captured, or missing in action through engagement with an enemy. Often used in the plural: Battlefield casualties were high. (noun)
  • One that is harmed or eliminated as a result of an action or a circumstance: The corner grocery was a casualty of the expanding supermarkets. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "casualty" in a sentence
  • "Another casualty is the entertainment district along Jackson Street, Jensen's plan for an eight-block stretch of nightclubs, restaurants and other attractions."
  • "As it takes me a week to read your average manuscript, and up to two weeks to read your average 600-page fantasy tome? and this when Iâ⠂ ¬â „ ¢m not beset by administrative busywork? the casualty is my ability to read outside my own submission pil"
  • "To the person on the street, that casualty is going to be like the final casualty of their war."