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[stig-muh-tahyz] /ˈstɪg məˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), stigmatized, stigmatizing.
to set some mark of disgrace or infamy upon:
The crime of the father stigmatized the whole family.
to mark with a stigma or brand.
to produce stigmata, marks, spots, or the like, on.
Origin of stigmatize
1575-85; < Medieval Latin stigmatizāre, equivalent to stigmat- (see stigmatic) + -izāre -ize
Related forms
stigmatization, noun
stigmatizer, noun
destigmatize, verb (used with object), destigmatized, destigmatizing.
unstigmatized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stigmatize
  • They say it would create a logistical bottleneck at checkout counters and stigmatize poor people using food stamps.
  • The problem is that elite media gatekeepers have abandoned their moral mandate to stigmatize uncivil discourse.
  • They don't realize it's going to stigmatize them later.
  • And some defenders of those policies find it easier to stigmatize critics than to answer them.
  • To succeed, a program for producing mid-level industrial engineers here couldn't stigmatize the program.
  • We do not want to stigmatize those with the disorder.
  • However, genetic information can also be used unfairly to discriminate against or stigmatize individuals on the job.
  • Establish a climate that encourages and does not stigmatize healthy eating and physical activity.
  • He will underscore that this genetic information must never be used to stigmatize or discriminate against any individual or group.
  • State that this is a health-related medical recommendation and is not meant to judge or stigmatize them.
British Dictionary definitions for stigmatize


verb (transitive)
to mark out or describe (as something bad)
to mark with a stigma or stigmata
Derived Forms
stigmatization, stigmatisation, noun
stigmatizer, stigmatiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for stigmatize

1580s, "to brand or tattoo," from Medieval Latin stigmatizare, from Greek stigmatizein, from stigmat- (see stigma). Meaning "to blemish" is from 1610s (figurative), 1630s (literal). Related: Stigmatized; stigmatizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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