victimize

verb vic·tim·ize \ ˈvik-tə-ˌmīz \
|Updated on: 16 Jul 2018

Definition of victimize

victimized; victimizing
1 : to make a victim of
2 : to subject to deception or fraud : cheat

victimization

play \ˌvik-tə-mə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

victimizer

play \ˈvik-tə-ˌmī-zər\ noun

Examples of victimize in a Sentence

  1. They were victimized because of their religion.

  2. victimized by a confidence man with a slick story

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First Known Use of victimize

1830

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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victimize Synonyms

Phrases

sell a bill of goods to, take for a ride, take to the cleaners;


VICTIMIZE Defined for English Language Learners

victimize

Definition of victimize for English Language Learners

  • : to treat (someone) cruelly or unfairly

  • : to make a victim of (someone) : to harm or commit a crime against (someone)


VICTIMIZE Defined for Kids

victimize

verb vic·tim·ize \ ˈvik-tə-ˌmīz \

Definition of victimize for Students

victimized; victimizing
: to make a victim of


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