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- (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
to characterize as disgraceful or ignominious