de·​stig·​ma·​tize | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈstig-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce destigmatize (audio) \
destigmatized; destigmatizing; destigmatizes

Definition of destigmatize

transitive verb

: to remove associations of shame or disgrace from destigmatize mental illness

Examples of destigmatize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Phoebe Pojo, or just Pojo as her friends call her, is the visionary behind Models That Eat, an Instagram page started in 2017 that seeks to destigmatize the stereotype that fashion models don’t eat. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, " Is Creating a Safe Space for Models to Talk About Body Image and Food," 27 Sep. 2019 But the museum’s underlying goal is to educate visitors about women’s health and destigmatize the female body. Suyin Haynes, Time, "'We Want to Tackle That Stigma.' Inside the World's First Museum Dedicated to the Vagina," 15 Nov. 2019 De La Rocha works with the department to destigmatize conversations about mental health., "Isaac’s Story," 6 Nov. 2019 Saturday is the first National Period Day, a day Alia Carter wants to use to destigmatize periods and call for an end to the tax on period products in Alabama. al, "National Period Day calls to end tampon tax in Alabama," 17 Oct. 2019 If one person has helped destigmatize shapewear it’s Kim Kardashian West. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Does Kim Kardashian's Shapewear Line Live Up to the Hype? 12 PEOPLE Editors Tried It to Find Out," 10 Sep. 2019 The actress, 57, is on a mission to destigmatize anal cancer—and all of the conversations that come with the subject. Christina Oehler,, "Marcia Cross Reveals New Details of Her Anal Cancer Diagnosis," 5 June 2019 There is a worldwide movement to destigmatize talking about mental health issues. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your Say: How can we improve public education?," 14 June 2019 Accounts like Sad Girls Club and Anxiety With Chillys combine Internet lingo and memes that seek to destigmatize and encourage an open conversation around things like mental health. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "How Motivational Instagram Accounts Are Changing My Relationship With Social Media," 28 May 2019

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First Known Use of destigmatize

1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Destigmatize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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