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casualty (noun) a terrible or serious accident; a person killed or seriously injured in an accident; soldiers killed or wounded in a war.
When there is a casualty, there is a terrible accident. Collisions of automobiles and plane crashes caused by mid-air collisions are examples of casualties. Persons killed in accidents or in a war are casualties. Soldiers killed or injured in a war are also casualties. 'The battle resulted in heavy casualties on both sides.' This means that on both sides a number of soldiers were killed or wounded. Any person who suffers because of an incident or an action by somebody is a casualty. She became the casualty of Government's decision to reduce the work force. That is, she was affected by the decision of the Government and lost her job. The casualty ward in a hospital is the division to which people who need emergency treatment are admitted.
- Drunk while driving, he caused his car to crash into a bus, resulting in heavy casualties among the passengers of the bus, with some of them dead, and many injured.
- The World War II casualties on either side were so heavy, that the staggering loss of human life left us wondering at the capacity of a single maniac, that is, Hitler, to cause such destruction.