victimize

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verb vic·tim·ize \ˈvik-tə-ˌmīz\

Definition of victimize

victimized

;

victimizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a victim of

  3. 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

1830

First Known Use of victimize

1830


VICTIMIZE Defined for English Language Learners

victimize

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verb vic·tim·ize \ˈvik-tə-ˌmīz\

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

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verb vic·tim·ize \ˈvik-tə-ˌmīz\

Definition of victimize for Students

victimized

;

victimizing

  1. :  to make a victim of



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