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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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Examples from the web for stigmatization
  • 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


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 stigmatization

1822, noun of action from stigmatize.



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)
The production of stigmas, especially of hysterical origin.

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