vic·​tim·​ize ˈvik-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce victimize (audio)
victimized; victimizing

transitive verb

: to make a victim of
: to subject to deception or fraud : cheat
victimization noun
victimizer noun

Examples of victimize in a Sentence

They were victimized because of their religion. victimized by a confidence man with a slick story
Recent Examples on the Web In this pitiless post-war zone, victims victimize others to their mutual detriment. Guy Lodge, Variety, 15 May 2024 California voters looking at those historical realities were not inclined last year to pay the great-great grandchildren of slaves victimized by a Supreme Court that upheld slavery even in free states. Thomas Elias, The Mercury News, 23 Apr. 2024 Stephan’s office previously found that people living outside are simultaneously more likely to break the law and be victimized. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Apr. 2024 Catherine, too, has been victimized by paparazzi, winning damages from a French court in 2017 after a celebrity magazine published revealing shots of her on vacation in France. Mark Landler, New York Times, 11 Mar. 2024 Then, in November, a jewelry store employee was victimized in another attack in Orange County. Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2024 Half of the deaths are preventable, victimizing women from a variety of races, backgrounds, educations and income levels. Robin Fields, ProPublica, 5 Apr. 2024 The only thing that’s missing is a tirade on how ever-increasing screen sizes are victimizing me, a person with small hands. Sarah Jeong, The Verge, 22 Mar. 2024 With little more than a phone and a convincing script, cartel employees are victimizing people across multiple countries. Maria Abi-Habib, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of victimize was in 1830

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“Victimize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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vic·​tim·​ize ˈvik-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce victimize (audio)
victimized; victimizing
: to make a victim of especially by cheating

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