criminalize

[ krim-uh-nl-ahyz ]
/ ˈkrɪm ə nlˌaɪz /
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verb (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.

Nearby words

  1. criminal records bureau,
  2. criminal syndicalism,
  3. criminalist,
  4. criminalistics,
  5. criminality,
  6. criminally,
  7. criminate,
  8. criminative,
  9. crimini,
  10. criminogenic

Also especially British, crim·i·nal·ise.

Origin of criminalize

First recorded in 1955–60; criminal + -ize

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for criminalize

criminalize

criminalise

/ (ˈkrɪmɪnəˌlaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to make (an action or activity) criminal
to treat (a person) as a criminal
Derived Formscriminalization or criminalisation, noun

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