Definition of victimize in English:

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victimize

Pronunciation: /ˈviktəˌmīz/

verb

[with object]
Single (someone) out for cruel or unjust treatment: scam artists who victimize senior citizens
More example sentences
  • In many countries people are victimised, terrorised, disappeared or tortured, for publicly, or even privately, expressing dissent.
  • Reports that he felt victimized by racism at some point in his life don't unto themselves make his race relevant.
  • A righteous-sounding phrase is being exploited to victimise persons perceived to be a threat to the regime, while others are rewarded with the ill-gotten booty.
Synonyms
persecute, pick on, push around, bully, abuse, discriminate against, ill-treat, mistreat, maltreat, terrorize, hector;
exploit, prey on, take advantage of, dupe, cheat, double-cross, get at, have it in for, give someone a hard time, hassle, lean on, gang up on

Derivatives

victimizer

noun
Example sentences
  • And he seems to me to believe, finally, that the only really satisfactory ‘consequences’ are the ones victims get to inflict on victimizers, not the consequences God inflicts.
  • I was referring to citizens of a militarized state, both its victims and its victimizers.
  • To preserve the division of the world into victims and victimizers, therefore, it is intellectually imperative to keep migrants in a state of the most complete dependence possible.

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Syllabification: vic·tim·ize

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