victimization

Bullying someone or otherwise acting cruelly is victimization. If you deliberately take advantage of your little brother's small size and good nature by eating his cookies as well as your own, that's a kind of victimization.

You can use this word for the action of victimizing someone (essentially singling them out and making them your victim) or the process of being victimized. Your victimization at the hands of that horrible substitute gym teacher was truly unfair, especially when he made you do 50 pushups while the rest of the class played volleyball. Victimization is often a very serious matter, since it is a result of an imbalance of power, lack of justice, and cruelty.

Definitions of victimization
  1. noun
    an act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly)
    synonyms: exploitation, using, victimisation
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    blaxploitation
    the exploitation of black people (especially with regard to stereotyped roles in movies)
    sexploitation
    the commercial exploitation of sex or sexuality or explicit sexual material
    colonialism
    exploitation by a stronger country of weaker one; the use of the weaker country's resources to strengthen and enrich the stronger country
    neocolonialism
    control by a powerful country of its former colonies (or other less developed countries) by economic pressures
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    mistreatment
    the practice of treating (someone or something) badly
  2. noun
    adversity resulting from being made a victim
    “his victimization infuriated him”
    synonyms: victimisation
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    adversity, hard knocks, hardship
    a state of misfortune or affliction
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