- 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, vic·tim·ise.
Origin of victimize
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2. defraud, fool, hoodwink, beguile.
2. See cheat.
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Examples from the Web for victimize
About police brutality, and the militarization of American police, and how the two have paired to victimize, mostly, black men.When Activism Is Worse Than Apathy
October 6, 2014
It says it has given Interpol the identities of the men who sought to victimize this little girl.Dutch NGO Stages Sting Of Pedophiles With Virtual Girl
November 5, 2013
But, when you act on it and victimize innocent citizens and fellow innocen officers, than that is a concern.Rogue L.A. Cop’s Facebook Manifesto: ‘You Will Now Live the Life of Prey’
The Daily Beast
February 8, 2013
But we have an entire language for the official ways in which you can victimize women.Does Pakistan Have No Shame?
February 11, 2009
To impose on or to victimize one is to injure him by abusing his confidence.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
Their mission is to deceive and victimize the American people.Auricular Confession and Popish Nunneries
If a man wants to do a mean action, let him not select a woman to victimize.Rose Clark
I always said he had no business to victimize her, and I am sure of it now!The Young Step-Mother
Charlotte M. Yonge
There is a luxury in the idea that on the morrow you will start fresh game, and victimize your tailor for another.
- to punish or discriminate against selectively or unfairly
- to make a victim of
- to kill as or in a manner resembling a sacrificial victim
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Word Origin and History for victimize
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