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criminalize vt

: to make criminal
: outlaw [the statute criminalizing the use of contraceptives "R. H. Bork"] compare illegalize
crim·i·nal·i·za·tion [kri-mə-nə-lə-zā-shən, -lī-]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.