Definition of victimize in English:



  • Single (someone) out for cruel or unjust treatment.

    ‘scam artists who victimize senior citizens’
    • ‘They also accused management of swindling public funds and victimising workers who had complained.’
    • ‘We see women who are the most victimized people in our society.’
    • ‘It is our duty and the duty of every decent human to make sure this vermin is no more and that no more innocent decent people are victimized.’
    • ‘So to redefine these people out of the system is not particularly fair and we think that victimises these people.’
    • ‘Reports that he felt victimized by racism at some point in his life don't unto themselves make his race relevant.’
    • ‘All photojournalists who respect their subjects find that victimized people are very willing to show the world their lot.’
    • ‘It's not healthy to suffer indefinitely, but to say ‘suffering is a choice’ just further victimises people: I'm choosing to have a hard time!’
    • ‘In many countries people are victimised, terrorised, disappeared or tortured, for publicly, or even privately, expressing dissent.’
    • ‘How does my generation react when an entire community of people is victimized at the hands of religious fanatics in a secular democracy?’
    • ‘I'm tired of people victimizing the enemy by using children as weapons in their war of words.’
    • ‘As far as community activism is concerned, do not victimise people with unfounded and destructive remarks or allegations.’
    • ‘I made a decision to speak up against an unjust law in Florida because I was victimized by that law.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have to be careful that innocent persons are not victimised.’
    • ‘The children are victimised, picked on, beaten up, laughed and jeered at.’
    • ‘They are victimizing some people who are not able at that point to help themselves out of a jam… I have felt so sorry for victims who didn't know who they were dealing with.’
    • ‘In this case, the low-income people are commonly victimized.’
    • ‘An Internet message board has been pulled amid allegations it was used by bullies to harass and victimise school children.’
    • ‘What it basically does is it further victimizes people who have already been devastated.’
    • ‘And they also happen to victimize other innocent people, so the tragedy is compounded.’
    exploit, prey on, take advantage of, swindle, dupe, cheat, trick, hoodwink, double-cross, defraud
    persecute, pick on, push around, lean on, bully, abuse, discriminate against, ill-treat, mistreat, maltreat, harass, hound, torment, terrorize, torture, punish unfairly
    get at, have it in for, have a down on, be down on, give someone a hard time, hassle, needle, get on someone's back, make things hot for someone, take for a ride, con, diddle, rip off, fleece
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