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tr.v. crim·i·nal·ized, crim·i·nal·iz·ing, crim·i·nal·iz·es
1. To impose a criminal penalty on or for; outlaw.
2. To treat as a criminal.

crim′i·nal·i·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.


(ˈkrɪmɪnəˌlaɪz) or


vb (tr)
1. (Law) to make (an action or activity) criminal
2. to treat (a person) as a criminal
ˌcriminaliˈzation, ˌcriminaliˈsation n


(ˈkrɪm ə nlˌaɪz)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to make criminal.
2. to make a criminal of.
crim`i•nal•i•za′tion, n.


Past participle: criminalized
Gerund: criminalizing

I criminalize
you criminalize
he/she/it criminalizes
we criminalize
you criminalize
they criminalize
I criminalized
you criminalized
he/she/it criminalized
we criminalized
you criminalized
they criminalized
Present Continuous
I am criminalizing
you are criminalizing
he/she/it is criminalizing
we are criminalizing
you are criminalizing
they are criminalizing
Present Perfect
I have criminalized
you have criminalized
he/she/it has criminalized
we have criminalized
you have criminalized
they have criminalized
Past Continuous
I was criminalizing
you were criminalizing
he/she/it was criminalizing
we were criminalizing
you were criminalizing
they were criminalizing
Past Perfect
I had criminalized
you had criminalized
he/she/it had criminalized
we had criminalized
you had criminalized
they had criminalized
I will criminalize
you will criminalize
he/she/it will criminalize
we will criminalize
you will criminalize
they will criminalize
Future Perfect
I will have criminalized
you will have criminalized
he/she/it will have criminalized
we will have criminalized
you will have criminalized
they will have criminalized
Future Continuous
I will be criminalizing
you will be criminalizing
he/she/it will be criminalizing
we will be criminalizing
you will be criminalizing
they will be criminalizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been criminalizing
you have been criminalizing
he/she/it has been criminalizing
we have been criminalizing
you have been criminalizing
they have been criminalizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been criminalizing
you will have been criminalizing
he/she/it will have been criminalizing
we will have been criminalizing
you will have been criminalizing
they will have been criminalizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been criminalizing
you had been criminalizing
he/she/it had been criminalizing
we had been criminalizing
you had been criminalizing
they had been criminalizing
I would criminalize
you would criminalize
he/she/it would criminalize
we would criminalize
you would criminalize
they would criminalize
Past Conditional
I would have criminalized
you would have criminalized
he/she/it would have criminalized
we would have criminalized
you would have criminalized
they would have criminalized
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.criminalize - treat as a criminal
do by, treat, handle - interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently"
2.criminalize - declare illegal; outlaw; "Marijuana is criminalized in the U.S."
nix, prohibit, proscribe, disallow, forbid, interdict, veto - command against; "I forbid you to call me late at night"; "Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store"; "Dad nixed our plans"
ban, censor - forbid the public distribution of ( a movie or a newspaper)
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[ˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪz] VTcriminalizar


[ˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪz] criminalise (British) vt
[+ person] → criminaliser
[+ abortion, sex, homosexuality, alcohol] → criminalisercriminal law ndroit m pénal


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