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or (especially British) victimise

[vik-tuh-mahyz] /ˈvɪk təˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), victimized, victimizing.
to make a victim of.
to dupe, swindle, or cheat:
to victimize poor widows.
to slay as or like a sacrificial victim.
Origin of victimize
1820-30; victim + -ize
Related forms
victimization, noun
victimizer, noun
unvictimized, adjective
2. defraud, fool, hoodwink, beguile. See cheat. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for victimised
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  • He was victimised often and knew it, but the knowledge never dulled the edge of an insatiable appetite.

    Corot Sidney Allnutt
  • Of what class were their previous victims, and how victimised?

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • The marauder who victimised the Spaniard was sure of a market, and a refuge in Jamaica.

  • Travellers are bound to be victimised, and the best thing you can do is to laugh.

    Pictures of Canadian Life J. Ewing Ritchie
  • Is it likely that he will allow himself to be rushed, or to be victimised by such a transparent piece of bluff?

    Secrets of the Sword Csar Lecat de Bazancourt
  • You were victimised by self-delusion when I first met you, at the time you thought you had discovered perpetual motion.

    In the Track of the Troops R.M. Ballantyne
  • The kindly peasants let me paint them, and I victimised my obliging friends and had professional models out from Genoa.

    An Autobiography Elizabeth Butler
  • More than he resented the fact that he had been victimised he resented such low playing of the game.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • When I grew tired of crouching and holding a hammer to the rivets, then the boy was victimised.

  • Castelar, Figueras, Pi y Margall, are the prophets to-day; they will be victimised in the end.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
British Dictionary definitions for victimised


verb (transitive)
to punish or discriminate against selectively or unfairly
to make a victim of
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 victimised



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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