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stereotype

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

Definition of stereotype

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a stereotype from

  3. 2a :  to repeat without variation :  make hackneyedb :  to develop a mental stereotype about

stereotyper

noun

Examples of stereotype in a Sentence

  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

What is the Difference Between cliché and stereotype?

The words cliché and stereotype have a good deal in common. Both come from French, both were originally printers’ terms, and both have come to take on somewhat negative meanings in modern use.

Their original meanings are essentially synonymous, referring to printing blocks from which numerous prints could be made. In fact, cliché means stereotype in French. Their modern meanings, however, are quite distinct. Cliché is today overwhelmingly encountered in reference to something hackneyed, such as an overly familiar or commonplace phrase, theme, or expression. Stereotype is most frequently now employed to refer to an often unfair and untrue belief that many people have about all people or things with a particular characteristic.

First Known Use of stereotype

1804


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stereotype

noun ste·reo·type

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

stereotypical

play \ˌster-ē-ə-ˈti-pi-kəl\ or less commonly

stereotypic

play \-pik\ adjective

stereotypically

play \-pi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of stereotype in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of stereotype

French stéréotype, from stéré- stere- + type


STEREOTYPE Defined for English Language Learners

stereotype

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verb

Definition of stereotype for English Language Learners

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

stereotype

noun

Definition of stereotype for English Language Learners

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


STEREOTYPE Defined for Kids

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stereotype

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

Definition of stereotype for Students

  1. :  a fixed idea that many people have about a thing or a group that may often be untrue or only partly true


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stereotype

play
verb ste·reo·type

Definition of stereotype for Students

stereotyped

;

stereotyping

  1. :  to form a fixed and often untrue or only partly true idea about It's unfair to stereotype people according to where they live.


Medical Dictionary

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stereotype

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

Medical Definition of stereotype

stereotyped

;

stereotyping

  1. 1:  to repeat without variation stereotyped behavior

  2. 2:  to develop a mental stereotype about


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stereotype

noun ste·reo·type

Medical Definition of stereotype

  1. :  something conforming to a fixed or general pattern; especially :  an often oversimplified or biased mental picture held to characterize the typical individual of a group

stereotypical

\ˌster-ē-ə-ˈtip-i-kəl\play also

stereotypic

\-ik\play adjective


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