stig·ma·tize | \ ˈstig-mə-ˌtīz \
stigmatized; stigmatizing

Definition of stigmatize 

transitive verb

1a archaic : brand

b : to describe or identify in opprobrious terms

2 : to mark with stigmata

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stigmatization \ˌstig-mə-tə-ˈzā-shən \ noun

Examples of stigmatize in a Sentence

a legal system that stigmatizes juveniles as criminals

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Women who prefer to stay home with very young children are stigmatized as regressive and antifeminist. Erica Komisar, WSJ, "The Human Cost of Sweden’s Welfare State," 11 July 2018 And the same study revealed that 66 percent of the students who took the course improved their responses to questions that related to stigmatizing attitudes about mental disorders. Janelle Richards, NBC News, "How one family is educating students, teachers on mental health," 24 Apr. 2018 So it’s one thing for Jordan to stigmatize the tactics of Parker Coie and sully their name with conservative bromides. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Jim Jordan, facing accusations of ignoring sexual abuse, faces political crisis," 7 July 2018 While borderline personality remains highly stigmatized and often misunderstood, recent cultural conversations around it have helped increase awareness of the disorder. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "My Life With Borderline Personality Disorder," 13 June 2018 There’s no excuse here, and blaming Kanye’s ideas on his mental health is both insulting and stigmatizing. Lara Witt, Teen Vogue, "Kanye West's Tweets Aren't a Symptom of Mental Illness," 27 Apr. 2018 These demands, mental health professionals and longtime anti-violence activists noted, would do more to stigmatize people with mental illness and expand the reach of over-powerful police departments than to stop gun violence. Sarah Jaffe, The New Republic, "March For Our Lives Was About More Than Gun Control," 26 Mar. 2018 Just last month, Markle penned a piece about Indian girls who are stigmatized for having their periods. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Is Shutting Down Her Lifestyle Website," 7 Apr. 2017 The idea of beauty is subjective, but for far too long, beauty standards in America have alienated people of various gender identities, sizes, and ethnicities, leaving them to feel stigmatized or unattractive. Leanna Burton, Teen Vogue, "Modeling Agency Zandwagon Is Changing the Industry's Restrictive Beauty Standards," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of stigmatize

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of stigmatize was in 1585

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English Language Learners Definition of stigmatize

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

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