[krim-uh-nl-ahyz]See more synonyms on Thesaurus.comverb (used with object), crim·i·nal·ized, crim·i·nal·iz·ing.
- to make punishable as a crime: To reduce the graffiti on subway cars, he wants to criminalize the selling of spray paint to minors.
- to make a criminal of: Drug use has criminalized him.
Also especially British, crim·i·nal·ise.Related formscrim·i·nal·i·za·tion, nounre·crim·i·nal·i·za·tion, nounre·crim·i·nal·ize, verb (used with object), re·crim·i·nal·ized, re·crim·i·nal·iz·ing.
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018British Dictionary definitions for recriminalize
Derived Formscriminalization or criminalisation, noun
- to make (an action or activity) criminal
- to treat (a person) as a criminal
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