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criminalize

verb crim·i·nal·ize \ˈkri-mə-nəl-ˌīz, ˈkrim-nə-ˌlīz\

: to make (something) illegal

crim·i·nal·izedcrim·i·nal·iz·ing

Full Definition of CRIMINALIZE

transitive verb
:  to make illegal; also :  to turn into a criminal or treat as criminal
crim·i·nal·i·za·tion \ˌkri-mə-nəl-ə-ˈzā-shən, ˌkrim-nə-lə-ˈzā-\ noun

Examples of CRIMINALIZE

  1. a law that criminalized alcohol
  2. <wanted to criminalize an activity that the mountaineers had been engaging in for generations>

First Known Use of CRIMINALIZE

circa 1956

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