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Borrowed from French stéréotype. Printing sense is from 1817, the “conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image” sense is recorded from 1922 in Walter Lippmann's book Public Opinion.
- IPA(key): /ˈstɛ.ɹi.əˌtaɪp/, /ˈstɪə.ɹi.əˌtaɪp/
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- A conventional, formulaic, and often oversimplified or exaggerated conception, opinion, or image of (a person or a group of people).
- (psychology) A person who is regarded as embodying or conforming to a set image or type.
- (printing) A metal printing plate cast from a matrix moulded from a raised printing surface.
- Synonym: cliché
- (software engineering) An extensibility mechanism of the Unified Modeling Language, allowing a new element to be derived from an existing one with added specializations.
conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image
extensibility mechanism of UML
- (transitive) To make a stereotype of someone or something, or characterize someone by a stereotype.
- 1957, Karl Popper, chapter 24, in The Poverty of Historicism, FIRST HARPER TORCH BOOK edition, page 90:
- Unable to ascertain what is in the minds of so many individuals, he must try to simplify his problems by eliminating individual differences: he must try to control and stereotype interests and beliefs by education and propaganda.
- (transitive, printing) To prepare for printing in stereotype; to produce stereotype plates of.
- to stereotype the Bible
- (transitive, printing) To print from a stereotype.
- (transitive, figurative) To make firm or permanent; to fix.
- 1887, George Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll, Scotland as it was and as it is:
- Powerful causes tending to stereotype and aggravate the poverty of old conditions.
make a stereotype, or characterize someone by a stereotype
print from a stereotype