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stereotype

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transitive verb ste·reo·type \ˈster-ē-ə-ˌtīp, ˈstir-\

Simple Definition of stereotype

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

Full Definition of stereotype

  1. 1 :  to make a stereotype from

  2. 2a :  to repeat without variation :  make hackneyedb :  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>



1804

First Known Use of stereotype

1804

Rhymes with stereotype


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stereotype

noun ste·reo·type

Simple Definition of stereotype

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

Full Definition of stereotype

  1. 1 :  a plate cast from a printing surface

  2. 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 play \ˌster-ē-ə-ˈti-pi-kəl\ also ste·reo·typ·ic play \-pik\ adjective
ste·reo·typ·i·cal·ly play \-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


STEREOTYPICAL Defined for Kids

stereotypical

adjective ste·reo·typ·i·cal \ˌster-ē-ə-ˈti-pi-kəl\

Definition of stereotypical

  1. :  based on or characteristic of a stereotype <a stereotypical sports fan>

ste·reo·typ·i·cal·ly \-pi-kə-lē\ adverb




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