American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An accident, especially one involving serious injury or loss of life.
- n. One injured or killed in an accident: a train wreck with many casualties.
- n. One injured, killed, captured, or missing in action through engagement with an enemy. Often used in the plural: Battlefield casualties were high.
- n. 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Chance, or what happens by chance; accident; contingency.
- n. An unfortunate chance or accident, especially one resulting in bodily injury or death; specifically, disability or loss of life in battle or military service from wounds, etc.: as, the casualties were very numerous.
- n. In Scots law, an emolument due from a vassal to his superior, beyond the stated yearly duties, upon certain casual events.
- n. plural In the military service, the losses in a command due to any cause whatsoever, as resignation, discharge, dismissal, desertion, capture, wounds, or death.
- n. obsolete Chance nature; randomness.
- n. Something that happens by chance, especially an unfortunate event; an accident, a disaster.
- n. A person suffering from injuries or who has been killed due to an accident or through an act of violence.
- n. UK The accident and emergency department of a hospital
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That which comes without design or without being foreseen; contingency.
- n. Any injury of the body from accident; hence, death, or other misfortune, occasioned by an accident.
- n. (Mil. & Naval) Numerical loss caused by death, wounds, discharge, or desertion.
- n. someone injured or killed in an accident
- n. an accident that causes someone to die
- n. someone injured or killed or captured or missing in a military engagement
- n. a decrease of military personnel or equipment
- From Latin casuālitas (compare casuality). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English casuelte, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cāsuālitās, chance, accident, from Latin cāsuālis, fortuitous; see casual. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“To the person on the street, that casualty is going to be like the final casualty of their war.”
“The most immediate casualty is Jack Lew, Obama's choice for OMB director.”
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“BAGHDAD — As Iraqi politicians wrangle through a seventh month of government-formation talks, an unexpected casualty is emerging: Iranian influence over the country's fractured Shiite groups.”
“He was driven off with his head strapped to a gurney, with the most serious casualty from a 3-hour, 35-minute contest that delayed was delayed several times by injury timeouts.”
“The luckless Sandro tore a calf muscle and, according to Redknapp, will be a long-term casualty, and William Gallas damaged the same muscle and "didn't look very good".”
“With Thomas Vermaelen a long-term casualty with a mystery achilles problem, Wenger has started Djourou in all five of the club's fixtures since New Year's Day and the Swiss looked tired and below par in the fifth – the 3-0 victory at West Ham United on Saturday.”
“When the first casualty is the truth, there can be no victor”
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