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Criminalize

To criminalize something is to make it illegal. For example, if a law is passed that makes it illegal to home school children, home schooling has been criminalized. Groups of people can also be criminalized. It could be said that an ordinance that makes it illegal to sleep on a park bench after 2:00 a.m. criminalizes homeless people.