- 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 victimization
The politics of victimization are a potent force in the world today.We're Still Fighting the Opium Wars
August 28, 2014
Indeed, the language used in defiance of these anti-discrimination laws takes on the language of victimization.
Being pressed to conform to such a change in majority opinion must feel like victimization.
At that age, the sense of victimization is very strong, and “Les Mis” is all about victimization.Why All the Hate for Les Mis?
January 7, 2013
How much longer are we going to accept the cries of victimization from the strongest and richest nation in the Middle East?A Blunder No PR Can Fix
June 1, 2010
Ten shillings per week to be paid in strike and victimization pay.
My victimization had created a bitter feeling in the division, and some very exciting scenes occurred during the election.
During the quarter I had several lock-out cases and victimization cases to deal with, which cost the Union several pounds.
My old friend George Hewitt, the branch secretary, was specially marked out for victimization.
They do save money, and are thus fattened up to a state which admits of victimization.North America, Volume I (of 2)
- to punish or discriminate against selectively or unfairly
- to make a victim of
- to kill as or in a manner resembling a sacrificial victim
Word Origin and History for victimization
1840, noun of action from victimize.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper