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stigmatize

[stig-muh-tahyz] /ˈstɪg məˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), stigmatized, stigmatizing.
1.
to set some mark of disgrace or infamy upon:
The crime of the father stigmatized the whole family.
2.
to mark with a stigma or brand.
3.
to produce stigmata, marks, spots, or the like, on.
Also, especially British, stigmatise.
Origin
1575-1585
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
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  • We can make progress with the de-stigmatization of mental illness also.
  • It suggests that with more education and de-stigmatization, that the rates will decrease.
  • Despite the stigmatization that these financial instruments have received, they all serve an invaluable purpose in our economy.
  • End the criminalization, marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but who do no harm to others.
  • The more people get talking about mental health, the more it reduces the stigmatization and misinformation about these issues.
British Dictionary definitions for stigmatization

stigmatize

/ˈstɪɡməˌtaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to mark out or describe (as something bad)
2.
to mark with a stigma or stigmata
Derived Forms
stigmatization, stigmatisation, noun
stigmatizer, stigmatiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for stigmatization
n.

1822, noun of action from stigmatize.

stigmatize

v.

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.

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stigmatization in Medicine

stigmatization stig·ma·ti·za·tion (stĭg'mə-tĭ-zā'shən)
n.
The production of stigmas, especially of hysterical origin.

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