|stereotype (ˈstɛrɪəˌtaɪp, ˈstɪər-)|
|1.||a. 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|
|b. 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|
|5.||a. to make a stereotype of|
|b. to print from a stereotype|
|6.||to impart a fixed usage or convention to|
A too-simple and therefore distorted image of a group, such as “Football players are stupid” or “The English are cold and unfriendly people.”
A generalization, usually exaggerated or oversimplified and often offensive, that is used to describe or distinguish a group.
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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