transitive verb (-tized; -tizing) Date: 1585 1. a. archaic brand b. to describe or identify in opprobrious terms 2. to mark with stigmata • stigmatization noun

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  • Stigmatize — Stig ma*tize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stigmatized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stigmatizing}.] [F. stigmatiser, Gr. ?.] 1. To mark with a stigma, or brand; as, the ancients stigmatized their slaves and soldiers. [1913 Webster] That . . . hold out both their… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stigmatize — index charge (accuse), defame, denigrate, denounce (condemn), discredit, disgrace, dishonor (deprive o …   Law dictionary

  • stigmatize — 1580s, “to brand or tattoo,” from M.L. stigmatizare, from Gk. stigmatizein, from stigmat (see STIGMA (Cf. stigma)). Meaning “to blemish” is from 1610s (figurative), 1630s (literal). Related: Stigmatized; stigmatizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • stigmatize — (Amer.) stig·ma·tize || stɪgmÉ™taɪz v. characterize something as disgraceful; mark with a stigma; brand or condemn as disgraceful; treat a person in an unjust manner by disapproving of him/her (also stigmatise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • stigmatize — meaning ‘to describe as unworthy or disgraceful’, behaves like regard in being followed by as: • Opponents were demonized and stigmatized as champions of anarchy and enemies of progress Journal of Drug Issues, AmE 2005 [OEC] …   Modern English usage

  • stigmatize — [v] brand, label characterize, class, classify, defame, denounce, designate, disgrace, mark, stamp, tag; concepts 62,79 …   New thesaurus

  • stigmatize — (also stigmatise) ► VERB 1) regard as worthy of disgrace. 2) mark with stigmata. DERIVATIVES stigmatization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • stigmatize — [stig′mə tīz΄] vt. stigmatized, stigmatizing [ML stigmatizare: see STIGMA & IZE] 1. to mark with a stigma, stigmas, or stigmata 2. to characterize or mark as disgraceful stigmatization n …   English World dictionary

  • stigmatize — UK [ˈstɪɡmətaɪz] / US [ˈstɪɡməˌtaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms stigmatize : present tense I/you/we/they stigmatize he/she/it stigmatizes present participle stigmatizing past tense stigmatized past participle stigmatized to treat a particular… …   English dictionary

  • stigmatize — v. (D; tr.) to stigmatize as (to be stigmatized as a traitor) * * * [ stɪgmətaɪz] (D;tr.) to stigmatizeas (to be stigmatized as a traitor) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • stigmatize — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. denounce, reproach, brand, vilify. See disrepute. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. brand, defame, discredit; see disgrace . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v. [STIG muh tize] to brand with… …   English dictionary for students

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