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  1. original sense: A living creature which is slain and offered as human or animal sacrifice, usually in a religious rite; by extension, the transfigurated body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist.
  2. Anyone who is physically harmed by another.
  3. An aggrieved or disadvantaged party in a crime (e.g. swindle.)
  4. A person who suffers any other injury, loss, or damage as a result of a voluntary undertaking.
  5. An unfortunate person who suffers from a disaster or other adverse circumstance.

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Etymology

From Proto-Indo-European *weyk- (“to choose, separate out, set aside as holy, consecrate, sacrifice”), same source as Proto-Germanic *wīhą (“sacred place or thing”) (Gothic 𐍅𐌴𐌹𐌷𐍃 (weihs)) and English witch.

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