casualty

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From Latin casuālitas (compare casuality).

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casualty (plural casualties)

  1. (obsolete) Chance nature; randomness.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, NYRB 2001, vol. 1 p. 327-8:
      The non-necessary [causes] follow; of which, saith Fuchsius, no art can be made, by reason of their uncertainty, casualty, and multitude [...].
  2. Something that happens by chance, especially an unfortunate event; an accident, a disaster.
  3. A person suffering from injuries or who has been killed due to an accident or through an act of violence.
  4. (UK) The accident and emergency department of a hospital

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