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

transitive verb

: to describe or identify in opprobrious terms
archaic : brand
: to mark with stigmata
stigmatization noun

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Example Sentences

a legal system that stigmatizes juveniles as criminals
Recent Examples on the Web But despite these improvements, the marketing and reception of these OTC hearing aids may end up reinforcing stereotypes that continue to stigmatize deaf communities. Wired, 18 Aug. 2022 Many parents are hesitant to offer details that could stigmatize their children, and still more will likely struggle with language barriers during the application process, says Pratt-Heavner. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 7 June 2022 Others are afraid that any involvement with wealthy Russians might unfairly stigmatize their firms or start-ups,in the same way that Chinese-Americans faced discrimination and suspicions as tensions grew between China and the United States. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2022 While wearing eyeglasses is generally understood to be part of a standard variation of human experience and appearance, and is sometimes even considered trendy, pervasive ableism and ageism often stigmatize hearing aid users. Sara Novic, CNN, 19 Aug. 2022 This follow-up, however, will need to be conducted in a way that does not further stigmatize survivors of the disease. Kevin Zeng, The Conversation, 15 Mar. 2022 And those mistakes were to stigmatize that virus as something that only affects the gay community. Abc News, ABC News, 19 July 2022 But the law spurred large protests in the capital, Budapest, and critics, including numerous international rights organizations, said the measures served to stigmatize LGBTQ people and conflate them with pedophiles. Time, 15 July 2022 To get there, the AARP wants to help de-stigmatize ageing and the harmful assumptions that surround it. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 24 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Stigmatize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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Last Updated: 18 Sep 2022

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