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
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v make a victim of

“I was victimized by this con-man”
Synonyms:
victimise
Types:
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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
Type of:
wrong
treat unjustly; do wrong to

v punish unjustly

Synonyms:
victimise
Type of:
penalise, penalize, punish
impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on

v deprive of by deceit

Synonyms:
bunco, con, defraud, diddle, gip, goldbrick, gyp, hornswoggle, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, short-change, swindle
Types:
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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