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victimize

[ vik-tuh-mahyz ]
/ ˈvɪk təˌmaɪz /
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verb (used with object), vic·tim·ized, vic·tim·iz·ing.
to make a victim of.
to dupe, swindle, or cheat: to victimize poor widows.
to slay as or like a sacrificial victim.
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Also especially British, vic·tim·ise .

Origin of victimize

First recorded in 1820–30; victim + -ize

synonym study for victimize

2. See cheat.

OTHER WORDS FROM victimize

vic·tim·i·za·tion [vik-tuh-muh-zey-shuhn] /ˌvɪk tə məˈzeɪ ʃən/ nounvic·tim·iz·er, nounun·vic·tim·ized, adjective
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How to use victimize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for victimize

victimize

victimise

/ (ˈvɪktɪˌmaɪz) /

verb (tr)
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 of victimize

victimization or victimisation, nounvictimizer or victimiser, noun
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