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From Medieval Latin stigmatizo (to brand), from Ancient Greek στιγματίζω (stigmatízō, to mark), from στίγμα (stígma).


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈstɪɡmətaɪz/
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stigmatize (third-person singular simple present stigmatizes, present participle stigmatizing, simple past and past participle stigmatized)

  1. (transitive) To characterize as disgraceful or ignominious; to mark with a stigma or stigmata.
    • 1819-1820, Washington Irving, The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon:
      We stigmatize the Indians, also, as cowardly and treacherous, because they use stratagem in warfare in preference to open force; but in this they are fully justified by their rude code of honor.
    • 2010, Mark McClelland, "The 'Beautiful Boy' in Japanese Girls' Manga", in Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives (ed. Toni Johnson-Woods), The Continuum International Publishing Group Inc (2010), →ISBN, page 78:
      Helen Hardacre, in her study of discourses stigmatizing women who have had abortions, argues that there has been a marked rise in media interest in women's sexuality since the 1970s.
    • 2012, Daphne C. Watkins & Harold W. Neighbors, "Social Determinants of Depression and the Black Male Experience", in Social Determinants of Health Among African-American Men (eds. Henrie M. Treadwell, Clare Xanthos, & Kisha B. Holden), Jossey-Bass (2013), →ISBN, page 55:
      This chapter examines the social determinants of depression in black men because no other race-by-gender population group has been stigmatized as much as black men.
    Antonym: destigmatize

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