stigmatize

verb
stig·​ma·​tize | \ ˈstig-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce stigmatize (audio) \
stigmatized; stigmatizing

Definition of stigmatize

transitive verb

1a : to describe or identify in opprobrious terms
b archaic : brand
2 : to mark with stigmata

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Other Words from stigmatize

stigmatization \ ˌstig-​mə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce stigmatization (audio) \ noun

Examples of stigmatize in a Sentence

a legal system that stigmatizes juveniles as criminals

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But if such programs engage students without stigmatizing them and help teachers refine their craft, that investment could be well worth it. Kelly Chandler-olcott, The Conversation, "What advice articles miss about ‘summer loss’," 10 June 2019 The process of doing this vetting stigmatizes the entire community that is being vetted and decreases their enthusiasm for coming to the United States to advance our science. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Powerful U.S. senator calls for vetting NIH grantees at hearing on foreign influences," 6 June 2019 And there have been huge cultural strides in de-stigmatizing mental health. Caitlin Flynn, Glamour, "How To Talk To Your Boss About Your Mental Health," 27 Mar. 2019 Don’t stigmatize patients The above considerations seem to support the view that, as patients, perhaps each of us has an obligation not to request or demand opioid therapy, and to resist if offered. Travis N. Rieder, Philly.com, "Is it wrong to ask your doctor for opioids?," 23 Feb. 2018 Rather than providing communities with alternative strategies, many communities feel as though climate change policies further stigmatize them. Mélissa Godin, Teen Vogue, "Climate Change Is Creating a New Atmosphere of Gender Inequality for Women in Malawi," 20 Dec. 2018 Why should an extraordinarily talented teenager be stigmatized if a major corporation is willing to subsidize his team to add him to its ecosystem? Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Adidas' relationship with AAU looks sketchy, but it's just free market," 17 May 2018 But lawmakers with backing of the National Rifle Association and advocacy groups for the disabled opposed the regulation for stigmatizing them. USA TODAY, "Florida shooting rampage sparks review of mental health restrictions on gun purchases," 16 Feb. 2018 And people can be forgetful or reluctant to admit to symptoms and behavior that are stigmatized. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Symptoms of ADHD in teens linked to heavy screen time," 17 July 2018

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First Known Use of stigmatize

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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The first known use of stigmatize was in 1585

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stigmatize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stigmatize

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

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