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[mahr-juh-nl-ahyz] /ˈmɑr dʒə nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), marginalized, marginalizing.
to place in a position of marginal importance, influence, or power:
the government's attempts to marginalize criticism and restore public confidence.
Also, especially British, marginalise.
Origin of marginalize
1825-35 for an earlier sense; marginal + -ize
Related forms
marginalization, noun Unabridged
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  • Everything he says serves merely to make the conspiracy crowd look kookier and more marginalised.
  • Now he has been sacked from this second role, and he seems likely to be further marginalised in his first position as well.
  • Both groups are poor and marginalised, and have been for centuries.
  • Above all, as the bac has spread, those without it have become marginalised.
  • It was the first visit to such a place by a leader and was clearly aimed at showing sympathy with the marginalised.
  • Members from the private sector are often still marginalised.
  • Self-respecting couples were marginalised, and the real value of wages was cut in half.
  • Those who remained found themselves increasingly marginalised.
  • Not about a war, of course, but about being marginalised in a way wholly unbefitting to la grande nation.
  • Poor and often marginalised, they have many grievances.
British Dictionary definitions for marginalised


(transitive) to relegate to the fringes, out of the mainstream; make seem unimportant: various economic assumptions marginalize women
Derived Forms
marginalization, marginalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for marginalised



1832, "to make marginal notes," from marginal + -ize. The meaning "force into a position of powerlessness" attested by 1929. Related: Marginalized; marginalizing.

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