stigmatize

[ stig-muh-tahyz ]
/ ˈstɪg məˌtaɪz /
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verb (used with object), stig·ma·tized, stig·ma·tiz·ing.

to set some mark of disgrace or infamy upon: The crime of the father stigmatized the whole family.
to mark with a stigma or brand.
to produce stigmata, marks, spots, or the like, on.

Nearby words

  1. stigmata,
  2. stigmatic,
  3. stigmatism,
  4. stigmatist,
  5. stigmatization,
  6. stijl,
  7. stijl, de,
  8. stikine,
  9. stilb,
  10. stilbene

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 de-stigmatize

stigmatize

stigmatise

/ (ˈstɪɡməˌtaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to mark out or describe (as something bad)
to mark with a stigma or stigmata
Derived Formsstigmatization or stigmatisation, nounstigmatizer or stigmatiser, noun

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Word Origin and History for de-stigmatize

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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