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stigmatize

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transitive verb stig·ma·tize \ˈstig-mə-ˌtīz\

Simple Definition of stigmatize

  • : to describe or regard (something, such as a characteristic or group of people) in a way that shows strong disapproval

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stigmatize

stigmatized

stigmatizing

  1. 1a archaic :  brandb :  to describe or identify in opprobrious terms

  2. 2 :  to mark with stigmata

stigmatization

play \ˌstig-mə-tə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of stigmatize in a sentence

  1. a legal system that stigmatizes juveniles as criminals



1585

First Known Use of stigmatize

1585



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