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victimize

[vik-tuh-mahyz] /ˈvɪk təˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), 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, especially British, victimise.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; victim + -ize
Related forms
victimization, noun
victimizer, noun
unvictimized, adjective
Synonyms
2. defraud, fool, hoodwink, beguile. See cheat.
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British Dictionary definitions for victimise

victimize

/ˈvɪktɪˌmaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to punish or discriminate against selectively or unfairly
2.
to make a victim of
3.
to kill as or in a manner resembling a sacrificial victim
Derived Forms
victimization, victimisation, noun
victimizer, victimiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for victimise

victimize

v.

1830, from victim + -ize. Related: Victimized; victimizing.

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