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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.
Also, especially British, stigmatise.
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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  • It would be too harsh to stigmatise such a train of thought as self-seeking and hypocritical.

    On Compromise John Morley
  • I am dealing now with a conspiracy—I stigmatise it as such, and I will expose it and crush it.

    Tales and Fantasies Robert Louis Stevenson
  • It is evident to me that Gray meant by this to stigmatise the diction of Joseph Warton, which is jejune, verbose, and poor.

  • It is idle, then, to sneer at 'medical materialism,' and stigmatise it as superficial.

    Religion & Sex Chapman Cohen
  • To stigmatise such a movement as merely eccentric is to pass very lenient censure.

    Some Principles of Maritime Strategy Julian Stafford Corbett
  • It was necessary to stigmatise flagrant defections, but without driving anyone altogether to desperation.

    Political Women, Vol. 2 (of 2) Sutherland Menzies
  • For, alas, he is one of those dear overzealous fellows whom in moments of depression we stigmatise as "hearty."

  • Speaking of something which he wishes to stigmatise as a misnomer, he exclaims: 'It's what I call a misnomy!'

    Demos George Gissing
  • You do yourself less than justice when you stigmatise the latter as “ill-written.”

    Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle Clement K. Shorter
  • He cried aloud for legislation to prevent such gross abuses, which he did not hesitate to stigmatise as little short of criminal.

British Dictionary definitions for stigmatise


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 stigmatise



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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