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stigmatize Line breaks: stig¦ma|tize
Pronunciation: /ˈstɪɡmətʌɪz/
(also stigmatise)

Definition of stigmatize in English:


[with object]
1Describe or regard as worthy of disgrace or great disapproval: the institution was stigmatized as a last resort for the destitute
More example sentences
  • Beginning with her mother, she was stigmatized as being a dupe of sinister communist plotters - as if she somehow lacked any authentic and genuine convictions of her own.
  • Proselytizing is stigmatized as cultural supremacy and for violating the principle that there is no need for other-worldly salvation.
  • Blake is stigmatized as a ‘Dead Man’ by the very act of embarking West.
2Mark with stigmata: Francis, stigmatized in fashion as his Lord
condemn, denounce;
brand, label, mark out;
disparage, vilify, pillory, pour scorn on, cast a slur on, defame, discredit


Late 16th century (in the sense 'mark with a brand'): from French stigmatiser or medieval Latin stigmatizare, from Greek stigmatizein, from stigma (see stigma).



Pronunciation: /stɪɡmətʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • You're beginning to see the stigmatization of any alternative proposals on the pretext of confronting terrorism.
  • But the challenge ahead lies in making the decree operable, so that it complements other regulations and is adopted by the regions, thus assisting in eliminating victim stigmatization and discrimination in the workplace.
  • Neither, of course, does it reflect the incalculable emotional losses Japanese Americans suffered through stigmatization and incarceration.

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