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[vik-tuh-mahyz] /ˈvɪk təˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), victimized, victimizing.
to make a victim of.
to dupe, swindle, or cheat:
to victimize poor widows.
to slay as or like a sacrificial victim.
Also, especially British, victimise.
Origin of victimize
First recorded in 1820-30; victim + -ize
Related forms
victimization, noun
victimizer, noun
unvictimized, adjective
2. defraud, fool, hoodwink, beguile.
Synonym Study
2. See cheat. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for victimised
Historical Examples
  • Of what class were their previous victims, and how victimised?

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • Travellers are bound to be victimised, and the best thing you can do is to laugh.

    Pictures of Canadian Life J. Ewing Ritchie
  • You were victimised by self-delusion when I first met you, at the time you thought you had discovered perpetual motion.

    In the Track of the Troops R.M. Ballantyne
  • I was victimised, as will appear in the course of my narration, for the truth of which I can refer to a crowd of worthy witnesses.

  • He was victimised often and knew it, but the knowledge never dulled the edge of an insatiable appetite.


    Sidney Allnutt
  • More than he resented the fact that he had been victimised he resented such low playing of the game.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • Not so Dostoevski: he was often victimised, he gave freely and impulsively, and was chronically in debt.

    Essays on Russian Novelists William Lyon Phelps
  • Castelar, Figueras, Pi y Margall, are the prophets to-day; they will be victimised in the end.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • As soon as I find myself caught in the rain or victimised by a passion, I shan't be afraid of falling in love or getting wet.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • It is bad enough when merely commercial firms are victimised: to best a philanthropic institution in this way is peculiarly base.

British Dictionary definitions for victimised


verb (transitive)
to punish or discriminate against selectively or unfairly
to make a victim of
to kill as or in a manner resembling a sacrificial victim
Derived Forms
victimization, victimisation, noun
victimizer, victimiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for victimised



1830, from victim + -ize. Related: Victimized; victimizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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