victimize

[ vik-tuh-mahyz ]
/ ˈvɪk təˌmaɪz /

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.

Nearby words

  1. vicq d'azyr's bundle,
  2. vict.,
  3. victa,
  4. victim,
  5. victimization,
  6. victimless,
  7. victimless crime,
  8. victimology,
  9. victoire,
  10. victor

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

Synonym study

2. See cheat.

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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 Formsvictimization or victimisation, nounvictimizer or victimiser, noun

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Word Origin and History for victimize

victimize

v.

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

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