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stigmatize

[stig-muh-tahyz]
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verb (used with object), stig·ma·tized, stig·ma·tiz·ing.
  1. to set some mark of disgrace or infamy upon: The crime of the father stigmatized the whole family.
  2. to mark with a stigma or brand.
  3. to produce stigmata, marks, spots, or the like, on.
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Also especially British, stig·ma·tise.

Origin of stigmatize

1575–85; < Medieval Latin stigmatizāre, equivalent to stigmat- (see stigmatic) + -izāre -ize
Related formsstig·ma·ti·za·tion, nounstig·ma·tiz·er, nounde·stig·ma·tize, verb (used with object), de·stig·ma·tized, de·stig·ma·tiz·ing.un·stig·ma·tized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for destigmatizing

stigmatize

stigmatise

verb (tr)
  1. to mark out or describe (as something bad)
  2. to mark with a stigma or stigmata
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Derived Formsstigmatization or stigmatisation, nounstigmatizer or stigmatiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for destigmatizing

stigmatize

v.

1580s, "to brand or tattoo," from Medieval Latin stigmatizare, from Greek stigmatizein, from stigmat- (see stigma). Meaning "to blemish" is from 1610s (figurative), 1630s (literal). Related: Stigmatized; stigmatizing.

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