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tr.v. stig·ma·tized, stig·ma·tiz·ing, stig·ma·tiz·es
1. To characterize or brand as disgraceful or ignominious.
2. To mark with stigmata or a stigma.
3. To cause stigmata to appear on.

[Medieval Latin stigmatizāre, to brand, from Greek stigmatizein, to mark, from stigma, stigmat-, tattoo mark; see stigma.]

stig′ma·ti·za′tion (-tĭ-zā′shən) n.
stig′ma·tiz′er n.


(ˈstɪɡmətaɪzd) or


marked out or described (as something bad)
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She was herself aggrieved at being left with nothing more than a life interest in her husband's property; she sided resolutely with Michael; and she stigmatized Andrew's proposal as an attempt to bribe her eldest son into withdrawing a charge against his brother which that brother knew to be true.
An enlightened zeal for the energy and efficiency of government will be stigmatized as the offspring of a temper fond of despotic power and hostile to the principles of liberty.
There was more than benevolence in this action; there was courage; the south was aflame, and to assist, even on his death-bed, the father of so dangerous a Bonapartist as Dantes, was stigmatized as a crime.
The disposition of the boy was sullen and reserved, and the village schoolmaster stigmatized him as obtuse in intellect; although, at a later period of life, he evinced ambition and very peculiar talents.
In the latter country, an honest development of democracy is certain to be stigmatized as tainted with this crime.
I am a man of the north,"-one of these swelling fellows would exclaim, sticking his arms akimbo and ruffling by the Southwesters, whom he regarded with great contempt, as men softened by mild climates and the luxurious fare of bread and bacon, and whom he stigmatized with the inglorious name of pork- eaters.
My mother, being at once highly accomplished, well informed, and fond of employment, took the whole charge of our education on herself, with the exception of Latin--which my father undertook to teach us--so that we never even went to school; and, as there was no society in the neighbourhood, our only intercourse with the world consisted in a stately tea-party, now and then, with the principal farmers and tradespeople of the vicinity (just to avoid being stigmatized as too proud to consort with our neighbours), and an annual visit to our paternal grandfather's; where himself, our kind grandmamma, a maiden aunt, and two or three elderly ladies and gentlemen, were the only persons we ever saw.
Authors' Note: While some of this article has been written in the first person as a matter of style, and due to the fact that one of the authors lives in the world of the stigmatized, it is really a joint enterprise.
No one who suffers a brain disease should be stigmatized, but much of what are labeled as "mental illnesses" involves free will for which people should be held responsible.
believing that "HIV is a punishment for sleeping around"); 57% and 62%, respectively, perceived that others stigmatized HIV-positive individuals (e.
Renowned sociologist Erving Goffman referred to stigma as "spoiled identity," noting that someone who is stigmatized is "thus reduced in our minds from a whole and usual person to a tainted, discounted one.
We have been stigmatized and many of us had to leave our education midway," he said.