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

Derived forms: criminalizes, criminalizing, criminalized

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

Antonym: decriminalize

Encyclopedia: Criminalize