Casualty: definition

Casualty: a person killed or injured in a war or accident



  • Source:

    "Casualty", The Australian  concise Oxford dictionary, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press Australia, South Melbourne, 1997

    In its military sense, the term "casualty" includes all those who are killed in action or who die of wounds, as well as those who are wounded, listed as missing, or taken prisoner of war. Casualties are often wrongly confused with deaths, but in fact, as this definition suggests, casualty is a broader category. For example, the total number of Australian casualties on Gallipoli was 28,150, a figure which includes 8,709 dead.

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