Definition of prisonize in English:

prisonize

(also prisonise)

verb

  • with object To cause (a person) to become unduly adapted to prison life, especially to its attitudes and social behaviour. Frequently in pass. Compare "institutionalize".

Origin

1940s. From prison + -ize, after institutionalize. Compare prisonization.

Pronunciation

prisonize

/ˈprɪzənʌɪz/