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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.
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 stigmatized
  • And this is particularly true within the communities of color where mental illness is more stigmatized.
  • Even if they were substantial caregivers, they believed they would be stigmatized for taking the leave.
  • People seen as traitors are universally despised and stigmatized.
  • Human rights organizations said the posting stigmatized those who had already been punished.
  • And whatever they decide, they should not be stigmatized.
  • Most poignant is the psychological pain of those stigmatized by obesity.
  • The only reason you question magic mushrooms is because they happen to be highly stigmatized.
  • Depression is a really common but still stigmatized illness.
  • Many are still unfairly stigmatized as thieves and low-lives.
  • In certain areas of our national life it has been completely stigmatized.
British Dictionary definitions for stigmatized


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 stigmatized



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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