destigmatize

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de- +‎ stigmatize

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destigmatize (third-person singular simple present destigmatizes, present participle destigmatizing, simple past and past participle destigmatized)

  1. (transitive) to remove the disgraceful or ignominious characterization from.
    • 1999, Thomas Stephen Szasz, Fatal freedom: the ethics and politics of suicide
      Before we can destigmatize suicide — assuming that is what we want to do — we must acknowledge that killing oneself is still an intensely stigmatized act...

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