Definition of victimize in English:


(also victimise)


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

    ‘they are victimized by racism or discriminatory barriers’
    • ‘I made a decision to speak up against an unjust law in Florida because I was victimized by that law.’
    • ‘And they also happen to victimize other innocent people, so the tragedy is compounded.’
    • ‘We see women who are the most victimized people in our society.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘An Internet message board has been pulled amid allegations it was used by bullies to harass and victimise school children.’
    • ‘As far as community activism is concerned, do not victimise people with unfounded and destructive remarks or allegations.’
    • ‘They also accused management of swindling public funds and victimising workers who had complained.’
    • ‘I'm tired of people victimizing the enemy by using children as weapons in their war of words.’
    • ‘What it basically does is it further victimizes people who have already been devastated.’
    • ‘They have to be careful that innocent persons are not victimised.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Reports that he felt victimized by racism at some point in his life don't unto themselves make his race relevant.’
    • ‘The children are victimised, picked on, beaten up, laughed and jeered at.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How does my generation react when an entire community of people is victimized at the hands of religious fanatics in a secular democracy?’
    • ‘So to redefine these people out of the system is not particularly fair and we think that victimises these people.’
    • ‘In many countries people are victimised, terrorised, disappeared or tortured, for publicly, or even privately, expressing dissent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All photojournalists who respect their subjects find that victimized people are very willing to show the world their lot.’
    exploit, prey on, take advantage of, swindle, dupe, cheat, trick, hoodwink, double-cross, defraud
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