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

Other Words from stigmatize

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

Examples of stigmatize in a Sentence

a legal system that stigmatizes juveniles as criminals
Recent Examples on the Web Rufo has affirmed publicly that his strategy is to stigmatize any remotely anti-racist initiatives under the rubric of CRT. Max B. Sawicky, The New Republic, 30 Aug. 2021 Some experts are calling for more investment and research into drugs for weight loss and obesity, but critics argue that doing so may unjustly pathologize and stigmatize weight. Yasmin Tayag, Fortune, 21 Oct. 2021 Conroy and Gruel fear oil spills stigmatize seafood and food safety for years after an event. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 Several scholars have argued that Australia’s new laws indiscriminately stigmatize any association with a Chinese institution, from the military to musical troupes. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Sep. 2021 Several scholars have argued that Australia’s new laws indiscriminately stigmatize any association with a Chinese institution, from the military to musical troupes. New York Times, 27 Sep. 2021 Spreading such misinformation, the petition says, can stigmatize people who need support in the midst of a public health crisis. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Aug. 2021 Over the past 50 years, society has made great strides to de-stigmatize many physical and genetic conditions. Mainul Mondal, Forbes, 7 July 2021 The left wants to identify and then stigmatize donors to conservative causes. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of stigmatize

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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29 Nov 2021

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“Stigmatize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stigmatize. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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stigmatize

verb

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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