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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for victimized
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  • And when she victimized herself, she did it so that no one could see she was a victim.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • Realizing that he had been victimized by Mr. Gloom, he tried to open the door.

  • It was plain to their minds that they had been victimized by the clever machinations of this man.

    The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
  • For all that, Dick determined that his comrade should not be victimized.

    Brandon of the Engineers

    Harold Bindloss
  • It was her vocation to be victimized, and her daily business to be a blessing to others.

    Walt Whitman in Mickle Street Elizabeth Leavitt Keller
British Dictionary definitions for victimized


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 victimized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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