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criminalize

verb

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to make or declare contrary to the law
  • wanted to criminalize an activity that the mountaineers had been engaging in for generations

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The first known use of criminalize was circa 1956

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“Criminalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/criminalize. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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