• (British, America) IPA: /ˈstɪɡmətaɪz/

stigmatize (stigmatizes, present participle stigmatizing; past and past participle stigmatized)

  1. (transitive) To characterize as disgraceful or ignominious; to mark with a stigma or stigmata.
    • 2010, Mark McClelland, "The 'Beautiful Boy' in Japanese Girls' Manga", in Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives (ed. Toni Johnson-Woods), The Continuum International Publishing Group Inc (2010), ISBN 9780826429377, page 78 ↗:
      Helen Hardacre, in her study of discourses stigmatizing women who have had abortions, argues that there has been a marked rise in media interest in women's sexuality since the 1970s.
    • 2012, Daphne C. Watkins & Harold W. Neighbors, "Social Determinants of Depression and the Black Male Experience", in Social Determinants of Health Among African-American Men (eds. Henrie M. Treadwell, Clare Xanthos, & Kisha B. Holden), Jossey-Bass (2013), ISBN 9780470931103, page 55 ↗:
      This chapter examines the social determinants of depression in black men because no other race-by-gender population group has been stigmatized as much as black men.
    Antonyms: destigmatize

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