- a process, now often replaced by more advanced methods, for making metal printing plates by taking a mold of composed type or the like in papier-mâché or other material and then taking from this mold a cast in type metal.
- a plate made by this process.
- a set form; convention.
- Sociology. a simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group: The cowboy and Indian are American stereotypes.
- to make a stereotype of.
- to characterize or regard as a stereotype: The actor has been stereotyped as a villain.
- to give a fixed form to.
Origin of stereotype
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Examples from the Web for stereotyping
Both 24 and Homeland caught significant flack from critics for stereotyping Muslims and Middle Easterners.Generic and Superficial ‘Tyrant’ Amerisplains the Middle East
June 25, 2014
And when you peacefully protest their stereotyping of you, they lash back at you and they call you horrendous, horrific names.Amanda Blackhorse Is ‘Confident’ Snyder Will Lose His Redskins Appeal
June 25, 2014
A lot of that has to do with clichés and stereotyping through the years, a misinformed preconception of excessive promiscuity.HBO’s ‘Looking,’ Gays, and Sex: Are We All Expecting Too Much?
January 17, 2014
At worst, it smacks of stereotyping, race-baiting, and gender bias of the most insidious kind.Susan Rice: Just Another ‘Incompetent’ Black Woman
Sophia A. Nelson
December 1, 2012
Stereotyping is one of the key reasons why gender diversity has generally been quite poor.Gender Diversity Study
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September 24, 2012
A primer of information about the processes of electrotyping and stereotyping.The Uses of Italic
Frederick W. Hamilton
They can likewise be multiplied indefinitely by the process of stereotyping.Popular Technology; Volume 2
The Smithsonian Institution to pay the whole extra expense of stereotyping, or such part thereof as may be agreed on.
A plan for stereotyping catalogues of libraries by separate, movable titles of the books contained in them, and, 2.
It is said that the process of stereotyping was first communicated to Didot by him.Benjamin Franklin; Self-Revealed, Volume II (of 2)
Wiliam Cabell Bruce
- a method of producing cast-metal printing plates from a mould made from a forme of type matter in papier-mâché or some other material
- the plate so made
- another word for stereotypy
- an idea, trait, convention, etc, that has grown stale through fixed usage
- sociol a set of inaccurate, simplistic generalizations about a group that allows others to categorize them and treat them accordingly
- to make a stereotype of
- to print from a stereotype
- to impart a fixed usage or convention to
Word Origin and History for stereotyping
1798, "method of printing from a plate," from French stéréotype (adj.) "printing by means of a solid plate of type," from Greek stereos "solid" (see sterile) + French type "type." Noun meaning "a stereotype plate" is from 1817. Meaning "image perpetuated without change" is first recorded 1850, from the verb in this sense, which is from 1819. Meaning "preconceived and oversimplified notion of characteristics typical of a person or group" is recorded from 1922. Stereotypical is attested from 1949.
A too-simple and therefore distorted image of a group, such as “Football players are stupid” or “The English are cold and unfriendly people.”
A generalization, usually exaggerated or oversimplified and often offensive, that is used to describe or distinguish a group.