stereotype


1ste·reo·type

transitive verb \ˈster-ē-ə-ˌtīp, ˈstir-\

: to believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same

Full Definition of STEREOTYPE

1
:  to make a stereotype from
2
a :  to repeat without variation :  make hackneyed
b :  to develop a mental stereotype about
ste·reo·typ·er noun

Examples of STEREOTYPE

  1. It's not fair to stereotype a whole group of people based on one person you don't like.
  2. <movies have stereotyped the hooker with a heart of gold ad nauseam>

First Known Use of STEREOTYPE

1804

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

2stereotype

noun

: an often unfair and untrue belief that many people have about all people or things with a particular characteristic

Full Definition of STEREOTYPE

1
:  a plate cast from a printing surface
2
:  something conforming to a fixed or general pattern; especially :  a standardized mental picture that is held in common by members of a group and that represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment
ste·reo·typ·i·cal \ˌster-ē-ə-ˈti-pi-kəl\ also ste·reo·typ·ic \-pik\ adjective
ste·reo·typ·i·cal·ly \-pi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of STEREOTYPE

  1. the stereotype of the absentminded professor
  2. <the noble savage was a stereotype that appealed to 18th-century intellectuals, who viewed European civilization as decadent and corrupt>

Origin of STEREOTYPE

French stéréotype, from stéré- stere- + type
First Known Use: 1817

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

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