weap·​on·​ize | \ˈwe-pə-ˌnīz \
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 \ noun

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The mere existence of ICE as an institution can be weaponized against undocumented immigrants. Natascha Elena, Teen Vogue, "5 Reasons Why Activists Are Calling for the Abolition of ICE," 21 June 2018 New York City Council member Ritchie Torres now plans to investigate the false documents, and has accused the company of weaponizing construction against tenants. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "Kushner’s Company Regularly Filed False Work Permits in New York," 18 Mar. 2018 Ant Man and the Wasp has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, including a fight that weaponizes a human-sized Hello Kitty Pez dispenser, and a sequence that turns Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), into a kind of adult toddler. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The best superhero stories admit that superheroes are ridiculous," 11 July 2018 But the topic here was wolves, and that weaponized everything. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018 So China would be loath to weaponize its financial assets, analysts say. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "Why Investors Aren’t Worried China Will Weaponize Its Treasurys Hoard," 27 June 2018 Zuckerberg and his team have been dealing with the fallout from unknowingly allowing Russia to weaponize its platform to spread fake news in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "Facebook reveals how much abusive content it removes," 15 May 2018 However, this developmental phenomenon is not likely to lead to a replacement for the larger, weaponized Reaper anytime soon – given its importance to strike and reconnaissance missions. Fox News, "Air Force expands mission for Reaper attack drones, adds new weapons," 28 June 2018 An interpretive lens of power weaponizes sacred scripture and turns our partisan allegiances into false idols. Jonathan L. Walton, Time, "Why Authoritarians Love to Quote This Bible Passage," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of weaponize

1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of weaponize was in 1957

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obstinately defiant of authority

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