stigmatize [ stig-m uh-tahyz] Word Origin See more synonyms for stigmatize on Thesaurus.com 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.
, especially British stig·ma·tise. Origin of stigmatize 1575–85;
Medieval Latin stigmatizāre,
-izāre -ize Related forms stig·ma·ti·za·tion, noun stig·ma·tiz·er, noun de·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 to mark out or describe (as something bad) to mark with a stigma or stigmata Derived Forms stigmatization or stigmatisation, noun stigmatizer 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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