verb (used with object), vic·tim·ized, vic·tim·iz·ing.

  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.

verb (tr)

  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

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

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