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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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Examples from the Web for stigmatise

Historical Examples

  • I am dealing now with a conspiracy—I stigmatise it as such, and I will expose it and crush it.

    Tales and Fantasies

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • It is begging the question to stigmatise their inborn desire as selfish.

    A Problem in Modern Ethics

    John Addington Symonds

  • It is idle, then, to sneer at 'medical materialism,' and stigmatise it as superficial.

    Religion &amp; Sex

    Chapman Cohen

  • Not improbably he will stigmatise it as an act of officious hypocrisy.

  • That's the attitude of the mind which you stigmatise as corrupting.


British Dictionary definitions for stigmatise

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 stigmatise

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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