Definition of criminalization noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    criminalization

     noun
    (British English also -isation)noun
    BrE BrE//ˌkrɪmɪnəlaɪˈzeɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkrɪmɪnələˈzeɪʃn//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1the act or process of making something illegal the criminalization of protest
  2. 2the fact of treating somebody as a criminal the criminalization of the poor