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 victimized

Contemporary Examples of victimized

Historical Examples of victimized

  • And when she victimized herself, she did it so that no one could see she was a victim.

    Debts of Honor

    Maurus Jkai

  • Realizing that he had been victimized by Mr. Gloom, he tried to open the door.

  • It was plain to their minds that they had been victimized by the clever machinations of this man.

    The Loyalist

    James Francis Barrett

  • For all that, Dick determined that his comrade should not be victimized.

  • It was her vocation to be victimized, and her daily business to be a blessing to others.

    Walt Whitman in Mickle Street

    Elizabeth Leavitt Keller

British Dictionary definitions for victimized



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 victimized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper