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stereotype

[ster-ee-uh-tahyp, steer-] /ˈstɛr i əˌtaɪp, ˈstɪər-/
noun
1.
a process, now often replaced by more advanced methods, for making metal printing plates by taking a mold of composed type or the like in papier-mâché or other material and then taking from this mold a cast in type metal.
2.
a plate made by this process.
3.
a set form; convention.
4.
Sociology. a simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group:
The cowboy and Indian are American stereotypes.
verb (used with object), stereotyped, stereotyping.
5.
to make a stereotype of.
6.
to characterize or regard as a stereotype:
The actor has been stereotyped as a villain.
7.
to give a fixed form to.
Origin of stereotype
1790-1800
1790-1800; stereo- + -type
Related forms
stereotyper, stereotypist, noun
stereotypic
[ster-ee-uh-tip-ik, steer-] /ˌstɛr i əˈtɪp ɪk, ˌstɪər-/ (Show IPA),
stereotypical, adjective
nonstereotypic, adjective
nonstereotypical, adjective
Synonyms
6. categorize, type, identify.
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Examples from the web for stereotypes
  • Anyone hiring these days would do well to reject any negative stereotypes about people between jobs.
  • Teachers should show a beer commercial and unveil its gender stereotypes.
  • Off the battlefield the samurai also confounds stereotypes.
  • Yet shattering stereotypes and shedding fat is actually easy for this versatile omelet.
  • stereotypes are wrong, yet there is a truth that underlies reality.
  • stereotypes are usually the last thing to change in the face of contradictory evidence.
  • At the same time, those reading messages unconsciously interpret them based on their current mood, stereotypes and expectations.
  • Some of his findings cast further doubt on the stereotypes.
  • It's about time that all of us super-fly nerdy people bring down the typical stereotypes of what it means to be an intellectual.
  • People only write things that will get green-lit so they write to those stereotypes.
British Dictionary definitions for stereotypes

stereotype

/ˈstɛrɪəˌtaɪp; ˈstɪər-/
noun
1.
  1. a method of producing cast-metal printing plates from a mould made from a forme of type matter in papier-mâché or some other material
  2. the plate so made
2.
another word for stereotypy
3.
an idea, trait, convention, etc, that has grown stale through fixed usage
4.
(sociol) a set of inaccurate, simplistic generalizations about a group that allows others to categorize them and treat them accordingly
verb (transitive)
5.
  1. to make a stereotype of
  2. to print from a stereotype
6.
to impart a fixed usage or convention to
Derived Forms
stereotyper, stereotypist, noun
stereotypic (ˌstɛrɪə ˈtɪpɪk; ˌstɪər-), stereotypical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for stereotypes

stereotype

n.

1798, "method of printing from a plate," from French stéréotype (adj.) "printing by means of a solid plate of type," from Greek stereos "solid" (see sterile) + French type "type." Noun meaning "a stereotype plate" is from 1817. Meaning "image perpetuated without change" is first recorded 1850, from the verb in this sense, which is from 1819. Meaning "preconceived and oversimplified notion of characteristics typical of a person or group" is recorded from 1922. Stereotypical is attested from 1949.

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stereotypes in Culture

stereotype definition


A too-simple and therefore distorted image of a group, such as “Football players are stupid” or “The English are cold and unfriendly people.”

stereotype definition


A generalization, usually exaggerated or oversimplified and often offensive, that is used to describe or distinguish a group.

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