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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
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 stereotype
  • It seemed an odd choice for someone who disdains the traditional macho stereotype.
  • Move beyond the brats and beers stereotype of dining on asphalt with an inside look at tailgating, the gourmet way.
  • It's easy to stereotype obesity as an affliction of the poor, since low-end junk food is so aggressively marketed.
  • As you turn back to this picture, a stereotype shatters.
  • In many ways they are the anti-stereotype: no twangy accents, no cowboy boots, and no central family ranch.
  • He's well aware of the stereotype of the scientist who tweaks animals with electrodes and toxins, heartless to their suffering.
  • One thing about communication is, it's seldom useful to set up a stereotype and slam an entire group for that stereotype.
  • To generalize religion as stifling questioning minds open to change when truth is obvious is a terribly inaccurate stereotype.
  • No blogger better, and more routinely, defied the stereotype of simply opining.
  • He's able to do this largely because his teddy-bear sensitivity defies every stereotype of his profession.
British Dictionary definitions for stereotype

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 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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stereotype 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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Encyclopedia Article for stereotype

type of printing plate developed in the late 18th century and widely used in letterpress, newspaper, and other high-speed press runs. Stereotypes are made by locking the type columns, illustration plates, and advertising plates of a complete newspaper page in a form and molding a matrix, or mat, of papier-mache or similar material to it; the dried mat is used as a mold to cast the stereotype from hot metal. A stereotype plate is much stronger and more durable under the press run than would be the composed page of type. It is gradually being replaced, however, by photopolymer (photosensitive plastic) and lithographic plates.

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