criminalize

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criminal +‎ -ize

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criminalize (third-person singular simple present criminalizes, present participle criminalizing, simple past and past participle criminalized)

  1. (transitive) To make (something) a crime; to make illegal under criminal law; to ban.
    • 2016 April 1, Dan Baum, quoting John Ehrlichman, “Legalize It All”, in Harper's Magazine[1]:
      The Nixon campaign in 1968 [] had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. [] [B]y getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities.
  2. (transitive) To treat as a criminal.

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criminalize

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of criminalizar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of criminalizar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of criminalizar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of criminalizar