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criminalize

[krim-uh-nl-ahyz] /ˈkrɪm ə nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), criminalized, criminalizing.
1.
to make punishable as a crime:
To reduce the graffiti on subway cars, he wants to criminalize the selling of spray paint to minors.
2.
to make a criminal of:
Drug use has criminalized him.
Also, especially British, criminalise.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; criminal + -ize
Related forms
criminalization, noun
recriminalization, noun
recriminalize, verb (used with object), recriminalized, recriminalizing.
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criminalize

/ˈkrɪmɪnəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make (an action or activity) criminal
2.
to treat (a person) as a criminal
Derived Forms
criminalization, criminalisation, noun
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