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English verb: criminalize

1. criminalize (social) treat as a criminal


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)do by, handle, treat

2. criminalize (social) declare illegal; outlaw


SamplesMarijuana is criminalized in the U.S..


Synonymscriminalise, illegalise, illegalize, outlaw


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe, veto


Narrower (hyponym)ban, censor


Antonymsdecriminalise, decriminalize, legalise, legalize, legitimate, legitimatise, legitimatize, legitimise, legitimize









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