victimize

[ vik-tuh-mahyz ]
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verb (used with object),vic·tim·ized, vic·tim·iz·ing.
  1. to make a victim of.

  2. to dupe, swindle, or cheat: to victimize poor widows.

  1. to slay as or like a sacrificial victim.

Origin of victimize

1
First recorded in 1820–30; victim + -ize
  • Also especially British, vic·tim·ise .

synonym study For victimize

2. See cheat.

Other words for victimize

Other words from victimize

  • vic·tim·i·za·tion [vik-tuh-muh-zey-shuhn] /ˌvɪk tə məˈzeɪ ʃən/ noun
  • vic·tim·iz·er, noun
  • un·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)
  1. to punish or discriminate against selectively or unfairly

  2. to make a victim of

  1. to kill as or in a manner resembling a sacrificial victim

Derived forms of victimize

  • victimization or victimisation, noun
  • victimizer or victimiser, noun

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