Skip to definition.
Get the FREE one-click dictionary software for Windows or the iPhone/iPad and Android apps

Verb: criminalise  'kri-mi-nu,lIz
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: criminalize)
  1. Declare illegal; outlaw
    "Marijuana is criminalised in the U.S.";
    - outlaw, criminalize, illegalize, illegalise [Brit]
  2. Treat as a criminal
    - criminalize

Derived forms: criminalises, criminalised, criminalising

Type of: disallow, do by, forbid, handle, interdict, nix [N. Amer], prohibit, proscribe, treat, veto

Antonym: decriminalise [Brit]