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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
It has also been seen that schizophrenia is often more stigmatized than depression, and the more severe the stage of mental illness, the more stigmatized attitude the patient is subjected to.
UNICEF has called for the community reintegration of children who were once under Boko Haram's control, saying many are stigmatized and feared.
HIV/AIDS is one of the most misunderstood and stigmatized diseases in the world (UNAIDS, 2000; UNAIDS, 2007; UNAIDS 2010).
This work shows how ethnic identification in the United States--and around the globe--is a competitive and hierarchical process in which populations, especially of historically stigmatized races, seek status and income by dishonoring other stigmatized populations.
But both cases share the attachment of stigma and the reaction toward the stigmatized individual through application of punishment or perhaps even extreme force.