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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.
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(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.
They generally wore feathers in their hats, and affected the "brave." "Je suis un homme du nord!"-"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.
Their argument, concerning the role of the welfare state, was that more universal health care systems may instill norms of entitlement to health care in its citizens, which in turn may make citizens more likely to view health problems that are included in the national health care system as legitimate, and therefore, less stigmatized. However, a study by Aromaa et al (19) on predictors of stigmatizing attitudes toward people with mental disorders in Finland indicates that any debate on the role of the welfare state should be about dampening effects rather than the elimination of stigmatizing attitudes.
Although these perspectives allow stigmatizing attributes to be more or less visible, they emphasize the observer's view, thereby allowing one to be stigmatized regardless of lived experience.
Currently, suicide no longer has this status, but continues to be strongly stigmatized (Sudak, Maxim, & Carpenter, 2008).
'Similar clothes are being worn in other countries, but they and their wearers are not as stigmatized as in Korea,' a Twitter user said.
"Attention to the language used in medical records may help to promote patient-centered care and to reduce health care disparities for stigmatized populations."