re criminalize

criminalize

[krim-uh-nl-ahyz]
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:
1955–60; criminal + -ize

criminalization, noun
recriminalization, noun
recriminalize, verb (used with object), recriminalized, recriminalizing.
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criminalize or criminalise (ˈkrɪmɪnəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to make (an action or activity) criminal
2.  to treat (a person) as a criminal
 
criminalise or criminalise
 
vb
 
criminali'zation or criminalise
 
n
 
criminali'sation or criminalise
 
n

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