victimize

To victimize is to make someone into a victim by harming or taking advantage of them in some way. A school bully might be known to victimize other kids on the playground.

A victim is someone who has had something bad done to them, like the victim of a murder or a burglary. To victimize is to put someone in that position. A serial killer victimizes the people they kill. A swindler victimizes the people they cheat out of money. Abusive parents victimize their children. A football team that cheats victimizes the other team. When you hear about victimizing, you know someone has been hurt.

Definitions of victimize
  1. verb
    make a victim of
    “I was victimized by this con-man”
    synonyms: victimise
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    cheat, chisel, rip off
    deprive somebody of something by deceit
    cozen, deceive, delude, lead on
    be false to; be dishonest with
    gazump
    raise the price of something after agreeing on a lower price
    cozen
    cheat or trick
    fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge
    rip off; ask an unreasonable price
    betray, sell
    deliver to an enemy by treachery
    bunco, con, defraud, diddle, gip, goldbrick, gyp, hornswoggle, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, short-change, swindle
    deprive of by deceit
    bilk
    cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money
    beat, bunk
    avoid paying
    whipsaw
    victimize, especially in gambling or negotiations
    welch, welsh
    cheat by avoiding payment of a gambling debt
    cheat, chisel
    engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud
    shill
    act as a shill
    flim-flam, fob, fox, play a joke on, play a trick on, play tricks, pull a fast one on, trick
    deceive somebody
    befool, fool, gull
    make a fool or dupe of
    betray, cheat, cheat on, cuckold, wander
    be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage
    hoax, play a joke on, pull someone's leg
    subject to a playful hoax or joke
    ensnare, entrap, frame, set up
    take or catch as if in a snare or trap
    beguile, hoodwink, juggle
    influence by slyness
    humbug
    trick or deceive
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    wrong
    treat unjustly; do wrong to
  2. verb
    punish unjustly
    synonyms: victimise
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    penalise, penalize, punish
    impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on
  3. verb
    deprive of by deceit
    synonyms: bunco, con, defraud, diddle, gip, goldbrick, gyp, hornswoggle, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, short-change, swindle
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    short, short-change
    cheat someone by not returning him enough money
    type of:
    cheat, chisel, rip off
    deprive somebody of something by deceit
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