victimize
transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1830 1. to make a victim of 2. to subject to deception or fraud ; cheatvictimization nounvictimizer noun

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  • Victimize — Vic tim*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Victimized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Victimizing}.] To make a victim of, esp. by deception; to dupe; to cheat. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • victimize — index bait (harass), betray (lead astray), bilk, deceive, defeat, dupe, endanger …   Law dictionary

  • victimize — (v.) 1830, from VICTIM (Cf. victim) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Victimized; victimizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • victimize — (Amer.) vic·tim·ize || vɪktɪmaɪz v. discriminate against, exploit, persecute; make a victim of; cheat, swindle; slay as or like a sacrificial victim; punish unfairly (also victimise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • victimize — [v] cheat, fool bamboozle*, burn*, chisel*, clip*, con, cozen, deceive, defraud, discriminate against, dupe, exploit, fleece, flimflam*, gull, have it in for*, hoax, hoodwink, immolate, persecute, pick on, pigeon*, prey on, rope in*, screw*, set… …   New thesaurus

  • victimize — (also victimise) ► VERB ▪ single out for cruel or unjust treatment. DERIVATIVES victimization noun victimizer noun …   English terms dictionary

  • victimize — [vik′tə mīz΄] vt. victimized, victimizing to make a victim of; specif., a) to kill, destroy, injure, harm, etc. as or like a sacrificial victim b) to dupe or cheat victimization n. victimizer n …   English World dictionary

  • victimize — UK [ˈvɪktɪmaɪz] / US [ˈvɪktɪˌmaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms victimize : present tense I/you/we/they victimize he/she/it victimizes present participle victimizing past tense victimized past participle victimized to treat someone in a… …   English dictionary

  • victimize — victimization, n. victimizer, n. /vik teuh muyz /, v.t., victimized, victimizing. 1. to make a victim of. 2. to dupe, swindle, or cheat: to victimize poor widows. 3. to slay as or like a sacrificial victim. Also, esp. Brit., victimise. [1820 30;… …   Universalium

  • victimize — verb a) To make someone a victim or sacrifice b) To punish someone unjustly …   Wiktionary

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