weap·​on·​ize | \ ˈwe-pə-ˌnīz How to pronounce weaponize (audio) \
weaponized; weaponizing

Definition of weaponize

transitive verb

: to adapt for use as a weapon of war

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weaponization \ ˌwe-​pə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce weaponization (audio) \ noun

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However, the new campaign included creative new elements as well as a seemingly deliberate reuse of old phishing tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs), including using the same system to weaponize a Windows shortcut (LNK) file. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Russia’s Cozy Bear comes out of hiding with post-election spear-phishing blitz," 20 Nov. 2018 There have been countless examples of administrations throughout the United States weaponizing these policies to police their student's bodies and wardrobes. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "A California High School Creates an Anti-Dress Code for Students," 23 Aug. 2018 American progressives often weaponize statistics like these to urge greater redistribution. Phil Gramm And, WSJ, "The Myth of American Inequality," 9 Aug. 2018 Powell has made a name for himself by weaponizing his all-American frat-boy appeal in order to deftly skewer some of cinema’s most obnoxious bro tropes. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Set It Up’s Glen Powell Invites You to “Netflix and Chill” with His New Rom-Com," 14 June 2018 But critics say Maduro has essentially weaponized food, distributing the boxes primarily to government workers and supporters. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "As Venezuelans go hungry, Trump targets food corruption," 24 Sep. 2018 Once found, though, those vulnerabilities could be weaponized in a number of ways to unleash chaos during an election, says Adam Levin, founder of the election security firm CyberScout. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "If the 2018 Election Is Hacked, This Is How It Will Happen," 5 Nov. 2018 The unspoken love between Quinn and Caitlin is an unacknowledged secret throughout the household — weaponized by their Aunt Pat (Dearbhla Molloy in a fierce performance) and borne passively by Quinn’s wife, Mary (Genevieve O’Reilly). Aja Romano, Vox, "The Olivier-winning play from Jez Butterworth juggles 21 actors, a baby, and a goose — with a dark strain of Irish nationalism.," 3 Nov. 2018 Women’s fashion is relentlessly scrutinized — particularly for those in powerful or public positions — and often weaponized against them. Rebekka Ayres, Teen Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Destroyed Shoes Are Now a Historical Artifact," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of weaponize

1957, in the meaning defined above

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