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.

Also especially British, vic·tim·ise.

Origin of victimize

First recorded in 1820–30; victim + -ize
Related formsvic·tim·i·za·tion, nounvic·tim·iz·er, nounun·vic·tim·ized, adjective

Synonyms for victimize

Synonym study

2. See cheat. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for victimised

Historical Examples of victimised

  • Of what class were their previous victims, and how victimised?

  • Travellers are bound to be victimised, and the best thing you can do is to laugh.

  • You were victimised by self-delusion when I first met you, at the time you thought you had discovered perpetual motion.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for victimised



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 Formsvictimization or victimisation, nounvictimizer or 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