- 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 victimized
About half of their industry is based on a business model that involves the consumer being hurt or victimized.Murdered for Her iPhone
May 8, 2014
The people here claim they have been victimized by a hostile media and a gangster neo-Nazi government in Kiev.Pro-Russian Protestors in Ukraine Dream of Soviet Glory Days
April 8, 2014
“I could not see myself living next door to people who have victimized me and family,” she says.Two Decades After Genocide, Rwanda’s Women Have Made the Nation Thrive
April 2, 2014
They said, ‘stop allowing yourself to be demonized and victimized.’Pressuring Journalists Won’t Protect Transgender People
January 22, 2014
The feeling of being burned after hoping for peace and the feeling of being hunted down, victimized and targeted is real.What Beinart Overlooks in His 'American Jewish Cocoon' Article
September 4, 2013
And when she victimized herself, she did it so that no one could see she was a victim.Debts of Honor
Realizing that he had been victimized by Mr. Gloom, he tried to open the door.The Bradys Beyond Their Depth
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
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
- 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 victimized
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