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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.
  3. 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
Related formsvic·tim·i·za·tion, nounvic·tim·iz·er, nounun·vic·tim·ized, adjective

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2. defraud, fool, hoodwink, beguile.

Synonym study

2. See cheat.
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victimize

victimise

verb (tr)
  1. to punish or discriminate against selectively or unfairly
  2. to make a victim of
  3. to kill as or in a manner resembling a sacrificial victim
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Derived Formsvictimization or victimisation, nounvictimizer or victimiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for victimization

n.

1840, noun of action from victimize.

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victimize

v.

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

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