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- (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:
- 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.
- (transitive) To treat as a criminal.
to make something be a crime
to treat as a criminal